Evelyn Akhator is not your typical college kid.
The junior college transfer from Lagos, Nigeria, doesn't have a Twitter handle or an Instagram account.
She doesn't care if she starts or comes off the bench.
All of those things make it easy for Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell to answer a simple question: Is Akhator a transformative player for his Cats this season?
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"She can be," he said without hesitation recently. "I really think she can be."
And it's not just because Akhator runs like a gazelle, with Mitchell saying that she's likely the fastest player on the team.
"She can pick them up and put them down," he said. "She can flat fly."
It's not just because she's extremely athletic with arms that a professional boxer would fight for.
"She's one of the most athletic females I've ever seen," senior point guard Janee Thompson said of the Cats' new addition, all 6 feet, 3 inches of her. "The first time we played pickup, she came through and got a block on somebody and I was like, 'Whoa.' It's amazing to watch her play sometimes and how gifted she is physically."
It's not just because she led her Chipola Community College to a national championship last season averaging 21.2 points and 16.7 rebounds.
Or because she scored 40 points and had 18 rebounds in a game or managed 20 or more rebounds in 11 games.
Akhator could transform Kentucky in countless ways, but it's her work ethic that could change the game for the Cats this season, Mitchell said at the team's annual Media Day on Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum.
"Not only is she supremely talented, but she works harder than everyone else," he said. "She has room for growth as a basketball player, but she is very talented, and she works extremely hard."
It might be the first time in a long time that Kentucky, which had its season cut short in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, had a player that good willing to work that hard, he said.
The last time Mitchell recalls having that on UK's bench was Victoria Dunlap. UK's new addition already has drawn comparisons to Dunlap, the former UK All-American, for her ability to defend and rebound.
Akhator can guard every player on the floor from the center to the point guard, Mitchell said of the post player, who had 110 steals and 103 blocks last season.
Akhator also can be a catalyst offensively, something UK has been lacking in the paint for the past few seasons, struggling at times to get points against bigger, taller teams like South Carolina and Tennessee.
"You can throw the ball to her and she can just get the ball in the basket like a Victoria Dunlap, like an A'dia Mathies," Mitchell said. "She makes us instantly better just from that standpoint."
Akhator, who was mostly into track and soccer and didn't start playing basketball until age 14, liked Lexington and Kentucky immediately.
"I haven't been to a place yet, a city where the fans love the basketball players, a city built of basketball," Akhator said softly in her non-native English on Tuesday. "I really, really like it."
And of all of the attributes that Mitchell pointed to for his new forward, perhaps her sense of history could be most important for the future of his program.
Akhator had offers from places like Tennessee and Texas, but said she wanted to pick a place where she could help change the trajectory of a team.
"One of the reasons I picked Kentucky is I love history and I love making history," Akhator said.
"Coming to this school, I didn't want to go to a school where they already had everything. I wanted to go to a school where I'll get better and be able to contribute to the history making."
And making history to Akhator will be a trip to the Final Four or even hoisting another national championship trophy as she did last spring with her junior college teammates.
"That's my goal; that's our goal as a team," she said. "I know it's a process, but by God's grace we'll get to make it."