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Kentucky's Mitchell signs top-10 recruiting class

Linnae Harper won gold medals on USA Basketball's U-17 and U-16 teams the last two years. She is ranked as the No. 5 senior by ESPN.
Linnae Harper won gold medals on USA Basketball's U-17 and U-16 teams the last two years. She is ranked as the No. 5 senior by ESPN.

All three players in Kentucky's top-10 women's basketball recruiting class of 2013 signed their national letters of intent Thursday.

Makayla Epps, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and Linnae Harper officially joined the UK fold, meaning Coach Matthew Mitchell could speak publicly about each for the first time.

The class is rated No. 5 by the All-Star Girls Report, No. 8 by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and No. 10 by Blue Star Basketball.

Epps, a 5-foot-11 guard from Marion County and the daughter of former UK player Anthony Epps, is rated as the 15th-best overall player by All-Star Girls Report.

"She is a very versatile player and her court vision allows her to be a threat scoring or setting up a teammate for a basket," Mitchell said. "She is a tremendous athlete."

Goodin-Rogers, a 6-1 forward, is also from Marion County. All Star Girls Report puts her at No. 67 overall.

"Kyvin is a very aggressive and hard-nosed post player. I love her toughness," Mitchell said. "She possesses the speed and quickness that we value in our post players."

Harper, a 5-8 guard from Chicago, was a teammate of current Wildcat Janee Thompson at Whitney Young High School.

She is the nation's No. 5 prospect according to ESPN.com, making her the highest-ranked recruit in UK women's basketball history.

"She is a highly skilled offensive player and an explosive scorer," Mitchell said. "Her versatility allows her to impact the game in many ways."

Mathies on Naismith list

Kentucky senior A'dia Mathies was one of 50 players named Thursday to the watch list for the Naismith Trophy, which goes annually to the nation's top women's basketball player.

Mathies, the reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, leads sixth-ranked Kentucky in scoring (14 points per game), assists (5.0) and steals (2.5).

Louisville senior forward Monique Reid and junior guard Shoni Schimmel also were named to the watch list.

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