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Marion stars Epps and Goodin-Rogers stay in touch with UK coaches and players

By MIKE MARSEE, Advocate-Messenger

Before their signing with Kentucky and the start of the season, Marion County stars Makayla Epps and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers made their official visit to Kentucky during the weekend of Big Blue Madness.

“Going to watch the Big Blue Madness, that puts hype in your mind right there,” Epps said. “We’ve been to a couple Kentucky games already, and just being around the coaches and the players up there just makes me that much more ready to be there. But I want to take care of business here, and then go up there and start handling business.”

Both girls had seen the season-opening show before, but they said it was even more fun being there as recruits. And they said the highlight of the night was Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell’s MC Hammer-inspired dance routine.

“Yeah, everybody loved that,” Epps said.

Epps and Goodin-Rogers said they regularly talk and text with Mitchell and assistant coach Matt Insell, and sometimes with the Kentucky players as well.

“I talk to Insell more than any of them,” Goodin-Rogers said.

“I text coach Mitchell after every game and let him know how it went, and I’ve got the girls on Twitter and Instagram, so when they’re out to play I try to shout them out if I can find their name or give them a good luck on Instagram or something like that,” Epps added.

Soon they’ll be in the middle of it all, and they can hardly wait.

“I’m just looking forward to it,” Goodin-Rogers said. “I don’t know what to expect about it yet, but I’m ready to see how it goes the next four years. I think it’ll be fun, a new experience.”

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