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Erik Daniels, Gerald Fitch, Makayla Epps will graduate tomorrow

Tomorrow is graduation day at UK and 35 current and former student-athletes will take part in the festivities at Rupp Arena. Erik Daniels, Gerald Fitch, and Makayla Epps are three of the six Wildcats — all of whom were All-Southeastern Conference honorees and played professionally — who returned to UK and completed degrees:

  • Erik Daniels (2001-04), All-SEC men’s basketball player and a member of two SEC championship teams, was in pro ball for 11 years, including one season for the NBA Sacramento Kings
  • Makayla Epps (2014-17), All-America/All-SEC women’s basketball player, currently playing for the WNBA Chicago Sky
  • Gerald Fitch (2001-04), All-SEC men’s basketball player and a member of two SEC championship teams, has played professionally for 13 years, including one season with the NBA Miami Heat
  • Max Kuhn (2012-14), All-SEC baseball player who played professionally in the minor leagues
  • Ryan Wilkes (2005-08), All-SEC baseball player and member of the 2006 SEC championship team who played professionally in the minor leagues
  • Garry Williams (2005-08), All-SEC football player and member of three bowl champion teams, who played six years for the NFL Carolina Panthers

Epps was drafted 33rd in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky and had to leave school early, but she returned to campus this fall to complete her degree in social work.

A complete list of the graduates and their sports:

  • Baseball —  Max Kuhn, Ryan Wilkes
  • Men’s Basketball — Erik Daniels, Gerald Fitch
  • Women’s Basketball — Makayla Epps
  • Football — David Baumer, Garrett Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Will Mahone, Kyle Meadows, Alex Montgomery, Cole Mosier, Charles Moushey, Naquez Pringle, Garry Williams
  • Men’s Golf — Chris Meuth
  • Rifle — Jenna Bethea
  • Men’s Soccer — Napo Matsoso, Landon Souder, Stefan Stojkovic, Jordan Wilson
  • Women’s Soccer — Michaela Dooley, Ayanna Parker
  • Softball — Meagan Prince
  • Men’s Swimming and Diving — Tanner Anderson, Drew Aviotti, Brandon Flynn
  • Women’s Swimming and Diving — Kelly Berger, Ally Dupay
  • Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country — Nick Anderson, Michael Iacofano, Raine Wireman
  • Volleyball — Kaz Brown, Darian Mack, Anni Thomasson

The party gets started tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. at Rupp. Congrats, everyone!

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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1 Comment for Erik Daniels, Gerald Fitch, Makayla Epps will graduate tomorrow



  1. catdaddyd
    5:52 pm December 14, 2017 Permalink

    Epps had to leave early because of wnba? If so that doesn’t seem fair to college students close to graduating.