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April 13, 2017
New York City

Evelyn Akhator

College/Country: Kentucky
Position: Forward/Center
Height: 6'3
Birthdate: February 3, 1995
Birthplace: Nigeria
High School: Brano (Nigeria)
(Image courtesy of Kentucky)

Nigerian came to the U.S. and thrived – first at Chipola CC (Marianna, Fla.) and then at the D-I level with Kentucky.  Earned All SEC honors from conference’s coaches in her 2 seasons at UK – First Team as senior; Second Team as junior … 2016-17: Avg’g a double-double (15.9p, 10.8r); paced SEC in rebs per game (11th, D-I); and was 5th in FG%. Tied for 10th in D-1 in double-doubles (18). Also paced Wildcats in blocks and was No. 2 in steals.  Big Senior Night effort vs. No. 3 Miss. St. included team-high 27 pts and 16 rebs … 2015-16: Smooth transition to SEC saw her start all 33 games and lead UK in FG%, rebs, blocks … JUCO:  In 2 seasons at Chipola led team in scoring, rpg; guided Indians to nat’l title as soph. while setting school’s season marks for pts. (743), rebounds (584) … MISC: Growing up in Nigeria, first picked up a ball at 14 at a girls camp; was encouraged to play due to her height.  When her mother, Benedicta, passed away in 2013, Evelyn nearly gave up basketball and the dream of moving to the U.S.; her pastor and prep coach guided her back to playing.

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