Makiya “Mya” Love recently wrapped up her first full season of major high school basketball.
If someone didn’t know any better, they would have sensed that she wasn’t a 14-year-old newcomer to a Jonesboro (Ark.) Nettleton High team that’s fresh off of a dramatic postseason run.
A 5-foot-7, 142-pound combo guard, Love made a solid case that the 2015-16 season was a coming out party, of sorts, for a once-unproven player who not only adjusted comfortably as a freshman, but showed time again that she could provide fits for the opposition each time she sets foot on the court.
Such was the case in this, her much-anticipated prep rookie season.
There was Love, demonstarting all too often just how much she loves the game, wasting little time emerging as the catalyst for Jason Smith’s team that finished the year with a 27-4 mark, which included an Arkansas Region 5A East regular season championship.
“I’m sure they hear many athletes say this all the time but I truly do love the game of basketball,” Love told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson earlier this week. “My intensity, my drive, my passion, my ability to be an all-around player isn’t just myself but for my team.”
Interesting enough, for a player who has proven to handle the intense maturation process that comes with high school basketball, Love certainly knows what she’s talking about.
For starters, not only did she earn the right to be installed as a starter for a Lady Raiders team that finished ranked No. 10 in the state at season’s end, according to Maxpreps.com, but she held her own against opposing, more experienced guards in the process while quickly emerging as the No. 3 overall player in the state for the Class of 2019 by several recruiting analysts.
To her credit, she averaged around 10 points per game and her all-around display ultimately gave way to her earning All-Region and All-Tournament during what was a memorable postseason run for Nettleton.
“I am the starting point guard for my high school team,” said Love, who expected to play on the AAU circuit this summer. “Although I feel my ball handling skills are getting better in each game, I am also aware that I still have some areas in my ball handling that needs improving.”
“Not only is she athletic, she is academically developed,” Morgan said. “She is smart and comes from a Christian background, where we believe all things are possible to those who believe and who continues to seek God’s grace. What God has for her will come to pass.”
Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.