UK womens basketball 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (3/14/13) – University of Kentucky women's basketball signee Makayla Epps of Marion County High School was named by The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, the 2012-13 Gatorade Kentucky Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Epps is the first Gatorade Kentucky Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Marion County High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Epps as Kentucky’s best high school girls basketball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced in March, Epps joins an elite alumni association of past state girls basketball award-winners, including Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Diana Taurasi (1998-99 & 1999-00, Don Antonio Lugo HS, Calif.), Maya Moore (2005-06 Collins Hill HS, Ga.), Rashanda McCants (2004-05, Asheville HS, N.C.), Shyra Ely (1999-00, Ben Davis HS, Ind.) and Lisa Leslie (1988-89, Morningside HS, Calif.).
The 5-foot-10 senior point guard has led the top-ranked Lady Knights to a 36-0 record entering Friday’s Sweet Sixteen State Tournament quarterfinal game vs. Montgomery County. At the time of her selection, Epps was averaging 22.8 points, 4.8 assists, 4.3 steals and 4.2 rebounds per game. A McDonald’s All-American Game selection and a three-time All-State honoree, she has scored 3,256 points in her prep basketball career, placing her eighth on Kentucky’s career list.
Epps has maintained a B average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally with American Red Cross blood donation drives, a literacy-outreach program and as a peer tutor.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
Epps joins three other Wildcats who have also received their state’s honor in Bria Goss (Indiana), Kastine Evans (Connecticut) and A’dia Mathies (Kentucky).
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