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Oct. 7, 2015

Shakyna Payne played three years of varsity basketball at Etowah before finishing her senior year at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. Payne was an honorable mention All-County player in 2011 before earning second-team honors in 2012 and then being named to the first-team in 2013. A 2014 Atlanta Journal Constitution All-State Class A Second Team selection, she averaged 14.2 points with 7.3 rebounds per game her senior campaign. Payne scored over 1,100 points in her prep career.

Other Fun Facts about Shakyna:

– Loves basketball because it is a competitive sport. “I like competing to win and cheering on my teammates. I love how we are like a family.”
– Loves Virginia because “It is a beautiful campus with wonderful people and great academics.”
– Her hidden talent is she can sound like a platypus.
– Dream job would be to get paid to travel.
– If she could start her own restaurant it would be a bakery. “I love desserts and I am good a making them.”
– Favorite ride at the amusement park is Batman at Six Flags.
– If she were a vegetable, she would be a cucumber.
– Favorite color is coral.
– If she could play in a movie it would be the Cheetah Girls.
– Can play the clarinet.
– Favorite cookie is chocolate chip.
– Greatest achievement was getting a scholarship to play basketball at UVA.
– Her thoughts on Coach Boyle: “She is a great coach. She cares so much about us as players and people.”

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