For those still trying to get over the fact that Anthony Epps has a college-aged child (time sure flies), you’ll be glad to hear that at least she’s going to be a Wildcat like her dad. MaKayla Epps has committed to play college basketball at Kentucky. She recently decommitted from Louisville, making her the second recruit that head coach Matthew Mitchell has pulled from the Cardinals.
MaKayla Epps is one of the country’s most sought-after point guards, ranking as high as the 15h overall prospect in the nation. She averaged 17 points, 4 assists, nearly 4 rebounds, and over 2 steals per contest last year, leading her Marion County High School squad to the state finals. She could quickly become an impact player for Mitchell and the ever-improving Kentucky women’s team.
Much like her father Anthony, she can do a lot of different things on the court. Anthony Epps averaged almost 7 points, 5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game during Kentucky’s 1996 championship run. He never had the star power of his high-level teammates, but he was a consistent presence and always played above his projected level. When asked if her father’s time with the Wildcats was an influence, MaKayla wasn’t shy about his part in the decision. “It played a big role,” she told KentuckySports.com. “He always said it was my decision, but he’s proud.”
The most interesting part of MaKayla’s committment is that she’s set to wear her father’s number 25. And she might just help lead the Wildcats to a another championship wearing the same number her father did so many years ago.
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