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Ariel Atkins

As of Aug. 22, 2017

USA Basketball 

  • Named to the 2017 USA Women’s U23 National Team on Aug. 4, 2017; started in all three games and averaged 4.0 ppg. and 2.3 rpg. to help the USA capture the inaugural U24 Four Nations Tournament title with wins over Australia, Canada and Japan Aug. 12-15 in Tokyo.

  • Member of the 2014 USA U18 National Team that earned a 5-0 record and gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs, Colorado; started in all five games and averaged 4.6 ppg., 2.8 rpg., 2.0 apg. and 2.2 spg. 


  • As a junior at Texas in 2016-17, started in all 32 games played and averaged a team second-best 12.8 ppg. to go with 4.2 rpg. and 2.0 spg. in 26.6 mpg. to help her team to a 25-9 record and the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16; shot a team-best 81.8 percent from the free throw line; scored in double figures 22 times, including four times with 20+ points.
  • Lists a college career high of 26 points (vs. Oklahoma State on Feb. 1, 2017). 
  • As a sophomore in 2015-16, sat out the first nine games of the season due to injury; started in 14 of 27 games played and averaged 11.2 ppg. while shooting a team-bests of 53.6 percent from the field and 81.9 percent from the line to help her team to an 31-5 record and the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight; scored in double-digits 16 times, including all four games of the NCAA Tournament.
  • As a freshman in 2014-15, started in 19 of 27 games played and averaged 9.7 ppg. to help her team to a 24-11 record and the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16; missed eight games in Dec. and Jan. due to injury; three-time Big 12 Freshman of the Week; scored in double figures 14 times.

High School

  • Graduated from Duncanville High School in Ducanville, Texas; won Texas 5A state titles in 2012 and 2013; and won 105 straight games from Dec. 6, 2011 through Feb. 28, 2014.
  • 2014 Morgan Wooten Player of the Year and McDonald’s, WBCA and Parade All-American.
  • As a senior in 2013-14, averaged 17.9 ppg., 5.8 rpg., 3.9 apg. and 4.8 spg.. to help her team to a 35-1 record and the state title game.
  • 2013 Gatorade State Player of the Year.
  • As a junior in 2012-13, averaged 16.8 ppg., 3.4 rpg., 4.5 apg., 5.5 spg. and 1.0 bpg. help her team to a Texas 5A state title.
  • As a sophomore in 2011-12, averaged 10.3 ppg., 3.6 rpg., 2.6 apg., 3.2 spg. and 1.4 bpg. to help her team to a 39-1 record and a Texas 5A state title.
  • As a freshman in 2010-11, averaged 3.2 ppg. ad 1.8 rpg. to help her team to a 29-6 record and the regional semifinals of the state tournament.


  • Majoring in sport management.
  • Born in Dallas, Texas.
  • Daughter of Byron and LaShonda Atkins; has one older sister, Jessica, and one younger brother, Byron Jr.
  • Participated in the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) program during the summer of 2016.


  • Gold Medals: 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
  • International Tournament Titles: 2017 U24 Four Nations Tournament.
  • WBCA: 2017 All-America honorable mention.
  • NCAA Tournament: 2016 Bridgeport All-Regional Team.
  • Big 12 Conference: 2015 All-Freshman Team; 2016 All-Conference second team; 2017 All-Defensive Team and All-Conference first team.

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USA Basketball Statistics

2014 U23 3/3 5-12 .410 0-1 .000 2-2 1.000 7/ 2.3 12/ 4.0 2 2 3
2014 U18 5/5 9-19 .474 0-0 .--- 5-5 1.000 14/ 2.8 23/ 4.6 10 3 11

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