Makayla Epps following role model to Kentucky

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Makayla Epps hopes to close her senior season in style at the state playoffs and the McDonald's All American Games.

Makayla Epps is a 5-foot-9 wing for Marion County (Lebanon, Ky.), the No. 37 prospect in the 2013 class and a Kentucky commit. Epps is the daughter of Anthony Epps, the starting point guard on Kentucky’s 1996 national championship team. She shares some of her secrets in this edition of “Meet the Prospects.”

Nickname: Young Epps or That Epps Kid. They are names that have stayed with me since I was young.

Pick a number: I wear jersey No. 3 because on my varsity debut I scored three points and two of my favorite players of all time are Allen Iverson and Diana Taurasi.

Other than basketball, what is your favorite hobby? Relaxing with friends and being outdoors.

If you could go one-on-one with anyone, who would it be? Derrick Rose because he is my current favorite player.

If you had to compare your game to a current college or pro player who would it be and why? Rose because of his ability to score the ball, his explosiveness and his passing ability.

Who is your role model? Anthony Epps (my DAD) because he has been through it all and knows what it takes to get to the next level and be a championship point guard.

What is the most important thing basketball fans should know about you? I am a winner and I will do whatever it takes to assure my team comes out victorious.

What is your favorite basketball moment so far? Becoming a McDonald’s All-American.

The King and I: LeBron James wishes he could dribble as well as I can.

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