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Makayla Epps joins us on WPBK-FM Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

Makayla Epps, Maci Morris (UK Athletics Photo by Britney Howard | Staff)

By LARRY VAUGHT

One of my all-time favorite University of Kentucky players will join Tim Estes and myself on WPBK (102.9 FM, wpbkfm.com) Thursday from 7:30-8 a.m. to talk about her career and future.

She finished as UK’s fifth all-time leading scorer and eighth on the all-time assists list.

But she might be No. 1 in fan popularity.

“It’s a combination of things. One is the person she is, and she just connects so well with people. You know, she has a beautiful spirit about her. She has a great heart for people,” Kentucky coach Matthew 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. So, 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 in our men’s basketball history and people are very excited about our men’s team in the Commonwealth over a century it’s just a big, big part of the fabric of our Commonwealth. So, 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.”

We’ll have a lot to talk about with Epps from being a McDonald’s All-American and state high school champion to becoming an all-conference performer to a future in the WNBA as well as much, much more.

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