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Makayla…The Total Package

BY LARRY VAUGHT

Makayla Epps might be the most popular UK women’s basketball player ever. She just had a connection with UK fans that loved her.

She finished her career fifth on UK’s scoring list and eighth in total assists.

Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said there was no one thing that made the former Marion County standout so popular.

“One is the person she is, and she just connects so well with people. She has a beautiful spirit about her. She has a great heart for people,” Mitchell said. “She, I think, takes that extra few seconds maybe to connect with a fan that might be the only interaction they ever have but she takes the time to connect with people because she cares and she has a caring heart. I think that’s a big part of it.

“I think her lineage is important. I think her dad (Anthony Epps) having success here on a really important team (1996 national championship team) in our men’s basketball history and people are very excited about our men’s team. His success, and then you have a daughter that comes along and signs with Kentucky and goes to Kentucky, I think that adds to that and then the success our program’s had.

“She’s had some incredible moments here as a player. I think all of that wrapped into one. But I don’t think any of that would matter if she weren’t the person that she is and have the heart that she has for people. I think that’s the most important part of why people connect with her.”
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