Lebanon, KY- As Jamison Epps enters the gym, he’s greeted with multiple banners that acknowledge achievements donning his last name. It’s a constant reminder to push to be his best and that he is linked to greatness.
Epps is the son of former Kentucky point guard, Anthony, who was a key component to the 1996 National title, but more importantly, to locals he brought joy to a small town as Epps led one of the greatest high school teams to the 1993 state title.
The other banners belong to Jamison’s older sister, Makayla. Like her father, she too brought the state title back to Marion County. Marion County’s sole McDonald’s All American went on to become a star at Kentucky and received SEC and national notoriety. After being drafted into the WNBA, she played a short period and is now back in her hometown.
Now, it’s Jamison’s time to create his legacy and memories. Epps looks to propel the Knights to the top of the 20th district and get to Rupp by way of winning the 5th region tournament.
Being from the same hometown, I’ve seen him play growing up and you could see he had the vision and game IQ his father was well known for. Fans were waiting for Epps to break out and lead the Knights to a 20th district and 5th region title for a trip to Rupp. The 6’4″ Epps had a solid junior year where he averaged 11.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game during the Knight’s 22-9 season.
During the off season, Epps worked on his game, matured and was prepared for his senior campaign. Epps also played AAU/Grassroots ball during the spring and summer with Manimal Elite and showed signs that he was on track to lead the Knights.
Now, the senior forward is leading the Knights in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double double with 18.1 points & 13.4 rebounds per game. Epps has 287 rebounds so far during this season with the next Knight having 111. Epps is also efficient scoring the ball at a 63% clip from the field, helping the Knights to a current 16-7 record in a highly competitive region.
Epps no doubt has talent and the skill-set to play at the next level. He has the ability to play multiple positions, score the ball at a high percentage, and he’s an excellent rebounder that knows how to use his frame and size. He also has a high game IQ, good ball handling skills, ability to penetrate, and is coachable. Epps will need to work on his mid range and 3 point shot but right now his team needs him to play on the block and grab rebounds.
We recently got a chance to talk to Epps about his game, his season goals, new coach Maze Stallworth, being a 5th region player of the year candidate, and the support from his family.
PP: Did you think Marion County would be this successful this year?
Epps: Every year I play here at MC, I always think we will be successful and we always turn out successful. No one on this team likes to lose and we’re gonna do whatever it takes to win and be successful
PP: What has coach Stallworth changed or brought to the team?
Epps: It’s more of a brother bond – we’re all closer to each other and hang out outside of basketball more and laugh and joke and just have a good time which ultimately helps transfer onto the court.
PP: With your outstanding play, do you think you should be in the 5th region player of the year conversation?
Epps: I feel I have a great chance to be 5th region player of the year but we have a lot of talent in our region such as JJ Traynor and Alex Matthews, who will also be in the running for it.
PP: What’s your ultimate goal this season? Your goals after the season?
Epps: Win the 20th District and Win the 5th region and finish up at Rupp.
PP: In a few words, describe your game.
Epps: Tough, Hard Nosed & a Bucket
PP: Can you describe coach Stallworth and the rest of the Knights coaching staff?
Epps: Those are my guys – they push every single one of us to be the best we can be every single day and night. I couldn’t be more grateful for them.
PP: Do you get a lot of support from Makayla and your dad?
Epps: The support I get from them is wild. Although my dad coaches for Campbellsville, he always checks in and ask how games went and how I played. My sister is my #1 Fan, without her love and support I prolly wouldn’t be the player I am today. She’s the GOAT!
Epps and the Knights are on a 4 game winning streak and are 11-2 in 5th region play. The Knights are currently 16-7 on the season and won’t return to the hardwood until February 14th.
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Written & Interviewed by @ppkyprez