Future Wildcat Amiya Jenkins Named Miss Kentucky Basketball


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Amiya Jenkins has joined an exclusive club of Kentucky women’s basketball players as she becomes the 11th Wildcat to be named Miss Kentucky Basketball. Jenkins was honored with the award Sunday evening.

Jenkins joins an impressive list of players that have won Miss Kentucky Basketball and gone on to wear the state across their chest. The list includes Maci Morris (2015 honoree), Makayla Epps (2013 honoree), Sarah Beth Barnette (2020 honoree), A’dia Mathies (2009 honoree), Rebecca Gray (2007 honoree), Carly Ormerod (2005 honoree), Becky Miller (1992 honoree), Kris Miller (1986 honoree), Lisa Collins (1980 honoree) and Geri Grigsby (1977 honoree). Mathies, Epps and Morris are three of the top seven all-time scorers in program history

Jenkins, a 5-foot-10, guard from Anderson County High School in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, led her team to a 30-5 record this season. She put up monster numbers for the Bearcats this season, averaging 20.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 2.9 assists per game. She also shot 53 percent from the field, 45 percent from 3 and 73 percent from the free-throw line as a senior. She finished her high school career with 2,212 points, 739 rebounds and led Anderson County to three straight KHSAA Eighth Region championships.

A four-star prospect by ESPN.com, Jenkins is ranked 31st at her position and 94th overall by the organization. She was named the 2021 MaxPreps Kentucky Player of the Year for her impressive junior season where she led Anderson County to a 28-3 record and a semifinal appearance in the Girl's Sweet 16. She played in 28 games, averaging 17.2 points per game as a junior, hitting over 54 percent from the field and was named to the Lexington Herald-Leader All-State girls' basketball first team. As a sophomore, she played in 36 games, averaging 15.2 points per game while hitting 57.3 percent from the field. She helped Anderson County to the 30th District and Eighth Region championships as a sophomore, winning one game at the KHSAA Girl's Sweet 16 before it was canceled due to COVID.

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