Player Development

Tradition of Developing Talent

Over the last seven seasons, UK players have captured four SEC Player of the Year honors, two SEC Freshman of the Year honors, three SEC 6th Woman of the Year honors and 25 other All-SEC honors. Kentucky became the first SEC school to earn the Associated Press SEC Player of the Year four consecutive seasons (2010-13).

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Coach Mitchell and his staff know how to develop All-Americans. In 2010, Victoria Dunlap was just the second player in school history to be named to the prestigious 10-member State Farm Coaches’ All-America team. She was also a two-time AP All-American. A’dia Mathies was a two-time All-American and was a nominee for every major national award. Most recently, Makayla Epps was named honorable mention All-America by the AP and WBCA, while she was a first-team All-American honoree by College Sports Madness.


Cats in the WNBA

Three Wildcats – Victoria Dunlap, A’dia Mathies and DeNesha Stallworth – have been drafted into the WNBA in the last six years, including two in the first round. In addition, Jen O’Neill signed with the Minnesota Lynx as an undrafted free agent.

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Victoria Dunlap
Washington Mystics
Seattle Storm

A’dia Mathies
Los Angeles Sparks

Jennifer O’Neill
Minnesota Lynx

Shantia Owens
Miami Sol
Charlotte Sting

Valerie Still
Washington Mystics
Orlando Miracle
Assitant Coach
Washington Mystics
Assitant Coach

Tiffany Wait
Orlando Miracle


Wildcats Around the World

Our program has been well represented across the globe. Former Kentucky women’s basketball players have earned opportunities to play professionally in numerous countries.

overseas players



DeNesha Stallworth
Canberra Capitals
South East Queensland

Samarie Walker
Gladstone Port City Power


Kastine Evans
Leicester Riders


Bria Goss
Hyvinkaan Ponteva

Amani Franklin
BC Nokia


Jennifer Humphrey
Basket Landes
Cote d’Opale Basket Calais
Basket Landes


Janee Thompson
SV Halle Lions

Amani Franklin
Amicitia Viernheim


Jennifer O’Neill
Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion,

A’dia Mathies
Ramat Hasharon

Victoria Dunlap
Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion

Jennifer Humphrey
Maccabi Ashdod


Valerie Still
GBC Milano
GEAS/Spagetti Express Sesto San
Nuvenia Magenta
Pool Comense Como
Sireg Alzate Brianza
Conad Cesena
Famila Schio


Samarie Walker
Suduva-Mantinga Marijampole


DeNesha Stallworth
Artego Bydgioszcz
TS Wisla Krakow

Jennifer Humphrey
LKS Siemens AGD Lodz


Shantia Owens
Boa Viagem


A’dia Mathies
Good Angels Kosice


Victoria Dunlap
Aros Leon Cuna del Parlemetarismo

Samarie Walker
Mann Filter Zaragoza
Gran Canaria

DeNesha Stallworth
Universitario de Ferrol

Eleia Roddy
Duran Maquinaria Ensino Lugo

Shantia Owens
Yaya Maria
Caya Rural De Canarias

South Korea

Shantia Owens
Kookmin Bank


Samarie Walker
Visby Ladies


Azia Bishop
Genclik Samsun

Victoria Dunlap
Ankara Kolejliler

Shantia Owens