High School Basketball

Marion County stars commit to Louisville women's basketball team

Marion County guard Makayla Epps is the daughter of former UK player Anthony Epps. She and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers helped lead the Lady Royals to the Sweet Sixteen as sophomores.
Marion County guard Makayla Epps is the daughter of former UK player Anthony Epps. She and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers helped lead the Lady Royals to the Sweet Sixteen as sophomores.

Marion County High School juniors-to-be Makayla Epps and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers have orally committed to play for the Louisville basketball team.

Trent Milby, the Marion County coach, confirmed that the duo plans to remain teammates beyond high school. He said Goodin-Rogers decided Saturday to attend U of L, and Epps made her decision Tuesday. They are considered prized recruits nationally in the class of 2013.

"I kind of knew that's where they (were) leaning," Milby said. "It's a good school. Fits their style of play. They'll fit right in there. I'm happy for them."

The earliest the players can sign a national letter of intent is November 2012.

Epps, 5-foot-11, earned first-team All-State honors as a sophomore. She averaged 16.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.4 steals. Her father, Anthony, played for the University of Kentucky, helping the Wildcats to the 1996 NCAA championship.

Goodin-Rogers, 6-foot-1, also has a strong pedigree. Her father, Tick Rogers, won Mr. Basketball honors at Hart County High School and played for U of L. Goodin-Rogers averaged 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds last season while blocking 95 shots. Both are on the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100 watch list for 2013.

Milby said there was not a pact for the players to remain teammates beyond high school.

"They like playing together, but I don't think it was 100 percent they had to go together," he said. "They just both kind of took up with (U of L) Coach (Jeff) Walz and got to know him and just kind of knew that's where they wanted to be."

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