Michigan State, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Dayton, Colorado and Kentucky. Those are all the schools Mykasa Robinson said no to so that she could suit up for Jeff Walz at Louisville. She was a finalist for Miss Kentucky Basketball in 2018 and came to Louisville ranked 29th in the 2018 class. We knew what she was bringing to Louisville, what we didn’t know was that she would create such a legacy and leave a mark on all our hearts. 

As a freshman she made her debut against Western Kentucky University posting 0 turnovers in 14 minutes. She went on to have 6 rebounds and 2 steals against Miami (OH) and matched her 7-point season high at Wake Forest. Through 35 games that season, she gave us a glimpse of what was to come. She was showing us that she was going to put her heart and soul into Louisville basketball, and she was building the foundation for a relationship with the fanbase that would eventually be something we knew we needed to embrace and appreciate before it was long gone. 

By the end of her junior year, the rest of the country had figured out what Louisville had with Mykasa Robinson on their roster. She was listed as a top 12 defensive player by ESPN.com, named to the 2020-2021 ACC All-Defensive team, and went on to represent Louisville at the 2021 Red Bull USA Basketball 3×3 Nationals alongside her teammates Liz Dixon, Payton Verhulst, and Kianna Smith.

The following season we saw even more grit and more hustle from the senior, who once again found herself on the ACC All-Defensive team. She showed consistency in being able to guard 1-5 without fear and her high basketball IQ, along with her proven leadership, cemented her status as a Cardinal favorite. 

In her last season here as a student-athlete Mykasa set the program record for the most games played and allowed us to witness her greatness on the court while continuing to be an all-star off the court. She showed true leadership in times when her teammates needed it most and it never mattered if she was on the court leading them or standing next to Coach Norman and JP sharing her knowledge from the bench. I speak with the greatest level of confidence when I say that it will be no surprise to see Mykasa as a coach in the future. As a fan, I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to see her on staff here at Louisville in some capacity. It appears she was made for it.

So, thank you, Mykasa Robinson. Thank you for 5 years of greatness. Thank you for 5 years of leadership and setting examples for everyone standing next to you on the court, and in your life. Thank you for celebrating with us as fans through the exciting times and thank you for giving us hope through the bad times. Thank you for knowing what it means to be a Cardinal and setting the example for all future student-athletes. Thank you for being the perfect picture of Louisville basketball. But most importantly, thank you for being you. 

If you’ve read this far then I know you share the same love for Mykasa that the rest of us do so I am asking you as a reader, a 93.9 listener, and a fan to be there on Sunday to support Mykasa in her last game at the Yum! Center. Senior Day festivities will take place at 11:30 followed by a 12:00 tip-off against Notre Dame.  To quote my good friend Mary…

“Go Cards, forever and ever.”

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