The lone commit for the Kentucky Women’s Basketball class of 2021 is earning some high praise before making the move to Lexington.
The nominees for the 2021 McDonald’s All-American Game were recently announced and incoming point guard Jada Walker made the cut as one of the nation’s top players. According to ESPN, the 5-foot-6 native of Virginia is ranked as the No. 87 overall prospect in her class and the 18th best point guard. Walker initially announced her decision to join the ‘Cats all the way back in May 2020 (when Matthew Mitchell was still head coach) and made the signing official this past November.
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Walker is one of several hundred players–male and female–to make the McDonald’s All-American nomination list and could very well find herself on the finalized roster by the time that announcement comes around. Even though the actual 2021 McDonald’s Game itself has been canceled due to COVID-19, it’s a huge honor for Walker and a confirmation of all her hard work.
Kentucky expects to return the majority of its rotation for next season, with only three seniors on the roster who all have the ability to come back for a fifth year if they so choose. The backcourt, in particular, will be loaded once again next season for head coach Kyra Elzy and the ‘Cats. Walker will join the likes of Rhyne Howard, Robyn Benton, Jazmine Massengill, Blair Green, and Treasure Hunt in the backcourt for 2021-22 and potentially senior point guard Chasity Patterson, if she elects to exercise her free year of eligibility.
Walker fits the mold of what a Kentucky point guard has looked like over the last several seasons and is a player that coach Elzy surely wants to keep onboard for her tenure.