There might be flashier players who put up bigger numbers, but Kentucky has few as versatile as Linnae Harper.
"She's probably the most talented player we have on the team," said Kentucky senior Jennifer O'Neill, who is pretty high on that list herself.
UK's sophomore guard from Chicago was a member of the Southeastern Conference's All-Defensive Team, but she wasn't first or second Team overall like O'Neill or Makayla Epps.
Harper just quietly does a lot of things well for second-seeded Kentucky, which will face No. 7 seed Dayton (26-6) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday in Memorial Coliseum.
At just 5-foot-9, Harper is the Cats' third-leading scorer at 11.5 points a game, leads the team in rebounds (6.9 a game) and steals (2.0 a game). She averages nearly two assists per game, too.
"She is versatility," said Epps, UK's first-team All-SEC player. "We've got plays where she'll post up and we've got plays where she's coming off ball screens, and I'd say that's a hard matchup for anybody."
She goes up against Harper in practice every day, guarding her in drills when it's starters versus reserves, which Harper is these days.
"You don't see too many players that size that can score the ball and rebound the ball like that, get double-doubles like that," Epps said. "You don't see that. She's a great jumper. She's very aggressive, athletic, a nice anticipator in the passing lanes."
In the first round on Friday, Harper led the Cats (24-9) with 16 points, 10 rebounds (seven on the defensive end), five assists while playing some point guard and four steals.
That production came in just 24 minutes.
"She's extremely talented and very gifted," Coach Matthew Mitchell said of the McDonald's All-American and the highest-rated player to ever sign with Kentucky.
Harper's numbers mirror the sophomore numbers of A'dia Mathies, one of the best players in school history.
Mathies averaged about one point and an assist better than Harper, but Harper averages 2.2 rebounds more than Mathies at that stage while playing nearly three minutes less per game.
Mitchell only sees those numbers continuing to mirror Mathies, an All-American and first-round WNBA Draft pick. Harper already has more double-doubles (seven) this season than Mathies did in her entire career (three).
"I just love her attitude right now," Mitchell said of Harper, who has scored in double figures 22 times in her career, including three of the last four games. "She has a great attitude. I think she has grown as a person during this SEC season, and I think she has an opportunity to be a great player here."
Harper's belief in herself is increasing as she adds more responsibility, she said. It was a hard transition from high school to college, but she's growing into her game.
"It was more a mentality thing, a level of focus, just becoming more mature," she said. "I have confidence, more experience, I know the system better. It all helps my confidence on the court."
Mitchell is excited to see what this offseason will bring for Harper as she builds her game even more.
"She's in the stage of her career where she just needs to continue to put great emphasis on her work ethic and attention to detail in practice," he said.
"Spending time outside of practice shooting the basketball, becoming a better ball handler, improving fitness, all of those things that take a good player and make them a great player."