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Zakiyah Franklin - Women's Basketball - Kansas Jayhawks

Zakiyah Franklin

Position Guard
Height 5-8
Class Senior
Hometown Lakeland, Fla.
High School Winter Haven HS
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Career Honors:
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (2023-24)
Preseason All-Big 12 Team (2023-24)
WNIT All-Tournament Team (2023)
First Team All-Big 12 (2022-23)
Big 12 Player of the Week (Dec. 19, 2022)
Academic All-Big 12 First Team (2022-2023)
Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (2022-23)
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (2021-22)
Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (2020-21)
Academic All-Big 12 Second Team (2020-21)
Big 12 All-Freshman Team (2019-20)

Kansas Career Rankings (at time of graduation)
#1 in Minutes Played (5,106)
#1 in Games Played (154)
#3 in Assists (504)
#5 in Free Throws Made (410)
#6 in All-Time Scoring (1,927)
#8 in 3-Point FG Made (137)
#10 in 20-Point Games (20) 

2023-24 (Super-Senior)
Named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention…Finished her career as the all-time program leader in games played (154) and minutes played (5,105)… Finished third in career assists with 503…Sixth in all-time scoring with 1,927 points and in made free-throws with 410… Eighth in 3-point field goals made (137) and 10
th in 20-point games (20)…. Ended her career with 439 rebounds, 138 steals, 24 blocks and an average of 12.5 point per game…Third on the team in scoring (391) and scoring average (11.8 points per game) this season…Lead the team in scoring in four different games…Had a season-high 24 points in a 70-62 win at (Feb. 18)…Scored 20+ points in 13 games and 10+ points in 24 games this season…Finished with 22 points, 44 minutes, five rebounds, four assists and hit the game-tying three-pointer in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Michigan (March 23) to send it to overtime as KU won 81-72.

2022-23 (Senior) 
First Team All-Big 12 selection…Named to the WNIT All-Tournament Team…Earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Dec. 19…Set new single-season school records for both free throw percentage (87.8%) and three-point field goal percentage (49.5%)…Finished the season ranked No. 12 on KU’s all-time scoring list with 1,536 career points and fifth in career assists with 431…Led the Jayhawks in scoring, averaging a team high 15.7 points per game…Scored in double figures 31 times, including 10 games with 20+ points and two games with more than 30 points…Put up a career-high 31 points in KU’s win over Iowa State (March 1)…Recorded one double-double, the second of her career, with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at Arizona (Dec. 8)…Led the Jayhawks with 113 assists, an average of 3.1 per game, and had a season-high seven on three occasions…Started 34 games and was one of three players to appear in all 36 games…Also totaled 35 steals and six blocked shots.

2021-22 (Junior)
Earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention recognition…Appeared in all 31 games, making 30 starts at the point guard position…KU’s second-leading scorer, averaging 12.0 points per game…Scored 10 or more points in 21 games, including a season-high 25 against West Virginia (Feb. 15)…Matched her career-high with seven rebounds at Oklahoma (March 5)…Led the Jayhawks and ranked eighth in the Big 12 with 124 assists, an average of 4.0 per game…Enters her senior season ranked No. 10 in career assists at Kansas with 318…Had a season-high seven assists in back-to-back games against Santa Clara (Dec. 12) and at Wichita State (Dec. 21)…Ranked second in the Big 12 in free throw percentage, hitting 85.6 percent from the stripe…Recorded the third-best single-season free throw percentage in school history…Totaled 27 steals and two blocked shots.

2020-21 (Sophomore)
Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention…Academic All-Big 12 Second Team…Shot 38.4 percent from the floor, 34.7 percent from three and 82.7 percent from the free throw line…Scored 247 points, an average of 9.9 points per game…Set a career with 11 assists against Oral Roberts on Dec. 6…Set a new career in free throws made and percentage, going 10-for-10 against Kansas State on Jan. 23…Posted two 20-plus point games…Led team with 91 assists, an average of 3.6 per game…Played a team-leading 29.4 minutes per game for the year.

2019-2020 (Freshman)
Named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team, becoming the third Jayhawk selected in program history…Started all 29 games…Shot 77.6 percent from the free-throw line…Scored 352 points on the season and grabbed 28 steals…Averaged 12.1 points per game…Led KU in assists 17 times…Scored a career-high of 25 points against Oklahoma (Feb. 2)…Dropped 23 points and dished out eight assists against Oklahoma St. (Feb. 29)…Scored over 10 points 20 times…Led KU in assists 17 times.

High School
Prepped at Winter Haven High School, earning letters in basketball…Ranked No. 60 overall in the 2019 signing class by ESPN…Won three-straight Florida State Championships…An 8A all-state selection as a junior…Chose KU over Rutgers, Kentucky, Central Florida and Southern Miss

The daughter of Steven Franklin and Brandy Mister…Has three siblings: Brenai, Braylon and Akoya…Plans to major in sport management.

Women's Basketball 🏀 Jayhawks Have Four Receive All-Big 12 Recognition

The Kansas Jayhawks had four players recognized on the 2023-24 All-Big 12 Women’s Basketball Team, which was announced Tuesday by the conference office. Taiyanna Jackson and S’Mya Nichols both earned a spot on the All-Big 12 First Team, while Zakiyah Franklin and Holly Kersgieter received honorable mention.

Women's Basketball 🏀 Jayhawks Have Three Earn Preseason All-Big 12 Recognition

For the second straight season, Kansas Women’s Basketball has had a trio of players receive Preseason All-Big 12 recognition as super-seniors Taiyanna Jackson, Zakiyah Franklin and Holly Kersgieter earned honors from the league on Wednesday.

Women's Basketball 🏀 Jackson, Franklin and Kersgieter Earn All-Big 12 Honors

Kansas was represented on the 2022-23 All-Big 12 Women’s Basketball Team by the senior trio of Taiyanna Jackson, Zakiyah Franklin and Holly Kersgieter, the conference announced Monday.

Women's Basketball 🏀 Franklin Fuels Jayhawks' Senior Night Victory

Behind a career-high 31 points from senior Zakiyah Franklin, the Kansas Jayhawks took down No. 23 Iowa State, 98-93 on Senior Night at Allen Fieldhouse. The win is No. 100 for Coach Brandon Schneider at KU and the Jayhawks first victory over Iowa State since 2015. 

Women's Basketball 🏀 Kersgieter, Franklin Power No. 21 Kansas Past Texas Tech

The No. 21 ranked Kansas Jayhawks moved to 2-0 in conference play and 12-1 on the season with a convincing 77-59 victory against Texas Tech on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Women's Basketball 🏀 Zakiyah Franklin Named Big 12 Player of the Week

After matching her career-high with 26 points and leading the Kansas Jayhawks to a 10th-straight win to open the season, KU senior guard Zakiyah Franklin has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week.

Women's Basketball 🏀 Franklin Fuels Jayhawks Rout of Maine

On the day where she scored her 1,000th career point, senior guard Zakiyah Franklin produced a season-best 21 points to pace the Kansas Women’s Basketball team in a decisive, 76-49 victory over Maine in the opening game of the Saint Mary’s Thanksgiving Classic.

Women's Basketball 🏀 Three Jayhawks Earn Preseason All-Big 12 Recognition

Kansas Women’s Basketball had three players earn a spot on the 2022-23 Preseason All-Big 12 Team, which was announced on Wednesday by the conference office. Senior guard Holly Kersgieter was selected to the team while senior guard Zakiyah Franklin and senior center Taiyanna Jackson received honorable mention.

Women's Basketball Inside a Moment 25 Years in the Making for Kansas Women's Basketball

No matter how — or when — this Kansas women’s basketball season ends, these Jayhawks have already made history.

Women's Basketball 🏀 Franklin Leads Jayhawks Past West Virginia

Led by a season-high 25 points from junior Zakiyah Franklin, the Kansas Jayhawks defeated West Virginia, 74-63, on Tuesday evening at Allen Fieldhouse.