High School: East Wake
Parents: Melinda and Kevin Wynn
Also Considered: Queens University
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Why Barton College? Kianna said the coaching staff and campus were factors in her decision, but she talks a good deal about the academic part of her opportunity. “They have a good teacher-to-class ratio and they have what I want to major in, biology,” she said. She wants to be a dentist, something she said she’s wanted to do since she was a child.
Most Memorable: “When we made it to the second round of the state playoffs (senior year),” Kianna said. It makes sense that thought would stick with her – she was a key player on teams that were favored in the first round of the state playoffs her freshman through junior seasons, yet never made it past the opening round. ... She said she’s going to miss her coaches and her teammates the most, but won’t have to miss teammate Ciera Williams, who is set to join her at Barton. “We had been talking about it – what if we both played for the same (college) – before it happened, so that was cool. It actually happened.”
Notable: Kianna started all four years with the varsity basketball team at East Wake, and also started three years on the varsity volleyball team. She also participated on the school’s track team as an underclassman. She was named All Greater Neuse River 4A Conference for her final two basketball seasons and was Academic All Conference her senior year. Kianna earned team MVP honors her senior season. She was a force for the Warrior basketball team, posting 1,283 points and 749 rebounds for her career.
East Wake coach Toni Dupree: “She’s a beast, I’ll tell you that. She’s been playing for me since her freshman year, playing with (past East Wake standouts) Shakerrya (Morrison) and Tianna (Knuckles) and she brought it just like they did, and as a freshman. Kianna is very competitive. She brought scoring, rebounding. Everything she did she hustled. She brought leadership, but in a quiet way. She’s very coachable and that will help her in college because she always wants to learn and is a hard worker.”
Compiled by Aaron Moody