Ex-U of L commitment Kyvin Goodin-Rogers chooses UK women

jsmith3@herald-leader.comAugust 21, 2012 

Sometimes it's all about finding a place where you're comfortable.

For Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, that place used to be Louisville, but on Tuesday it changed to Kentucky.

The All-State forward from Marion County, who originally committed to the Cardinals, will now play for Kentucky and Coach Matthew Mitchell.

"It felt comfortable," Goodin-Rogers told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday afternoon. "They were nice and it wasn't all about basketball, it was about school and an education, too."

The 6-foot-1 senior is the daughter of former Cardinals star and Kentucky Mr. Basketball Tick Rogers. She averaged 13.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 1.7 assists for the 5th Region champs last season.

When asked what her father thought about her deciding to play for Kentucky, his Cards' archrival, she laughed.

"He said, 'Congratulations. I guess I'm going to have to cheer for the UK girls now,'" Goodin-Rogers said.

When asked what happened with her commitment to Louisville, which she rescinded in June, she simply replied, "It just wasn't right."

Goodin-Rogers' Marion County teammate Makayla Epps also committed to the Cardinals, but in late July her high school coach told ESPN's Hoopgurlz that the 5-8 guard was reopening her search as well.

"She just felt like she wanted to open up and make sure she was 100 percent," Trent Milby told the recruiting Web site. "She always wanted to play with Goodin-Rogers, but I don't know how much of an impact that made."

Goodin-Rogers confirmed that the two of them "are really close" and that Epps, daughter of former UK standout Anthony Epps, is now considering Kentucky.

Bret McCormick, a recruiting analyst for the All-Star Girls Report, has Goodin-Rogers ranked at No. 67 in the nation. Epps is listed as No. 15.

He said the forward fits well with what UK does defensively, noting that on her AAU team she plays at the back of the press where she frequently was able to pick balls out of the air.

Goodin-Rogers made big leaps in her game this year, McCormick added.

"She became more aggressive," he said. "She became the player everyone thought she could be. She's more consistent this year. It's just all about maturation and that's what it was. She'll keep getting better and do a good job."

UK's plan is to play her at power forward, he said, adding that she'll be a matchup problem for defenses.

"She can flat shoot it from deep, too," McCormick said. "She needs to get stronger and everything, but she's a warrior, too. She can rebound; she works hard, fights hard and as she gets stronger, she'll do better."

Hoopgurlz's site, which lists her as a four-star prospect (the 72nd-best player in the nation and the 19th-best forward), likes her work ethic. "Not flashy, just gets the job done," one evaluation said.

Goodin-Rogers is the Cats' first commitment for the 2013 class.

Jennifer Smith: (859) 231-3241. Twitter: @jenheraldleader. Blog: ukwomen.bloginky.com.

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