Makayla Pippen | Photo courtesy UTEP Athletics
Former Kansas State guard and former JUCO All-American Makayla Pippin will join the UTEP women’s basketball team as a transfer, head coach Kevin Baker revealed Wednesday.
“Makayla is a fantastic addition to our program. Coming out of junior college she was one the most talented and highly coveted players in the country. She has a natural ability to score the ball a variety of ways,” Head Coach Kevin Baker shared. “She has developed her perimeter shot but can still play inside with the forwards. Makayla is a relentless rebounder and is willing to defend with a ton of energy.”
“Overall, her versatility will fit very well in our system and she will flourish into a top player in Conference USA,” Baker added.
Pippin played in six games in 2020-21 before opting out for the remainder of the season after January 1; during the season she had two rebounds and an assist in her Division 1 debut against Southern. She previously was the 15th-ranked junior college player in the country according to Girls Basketball Report in the 2019-20 season.
She was tabbed as a third-team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American for Central Arizona College, where she played in 58 games, including 54 starts.
Out of high school, Pippin was ranked as the number 19 forward in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz and the number eight forward in the country and 149th-rated overall prospect by ProspectsNation.Com.
Pippin will have two years of eligibility for the Miners.
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