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Payton Verhulst

  • As of August 15, 2021

USA Basketball Notes

  • Honors: 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship MVP.
  • Gold Medals: 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup, 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • As a member of the 2021 USA U19 World Cup Team, averaged 8.3 ppg., 5.9 rpg. and 2.7 apg. in helping the USA to a 7-0 record and gold medal at the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary. Finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a 129-45 win over Taiwan. 
  • As a member of the 2019 USA U16 National Team, started in all six games and averaged 14.5 ppg. and  2.8 rpg. to help the USA to a 6-0 record and gold medal June 16-22 in Puerto Aysen, Chile; was named MVP of the eight-team tournament.
  • Participated in the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship in Colorado Springs, Colorado; finished in fourth place with a 5-2 record as a member of Blue Star 30 Stars.
  • Took part in trials for the 2018 USA U17 World Cup Team.

College Notes

  • Committed to attend the University of Louisville in 2021-22.

High School Honors

  • 2021 Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year.
  • 2021 McDonald's All-American.
  • 2021 MaxPreps All-America first team.
  • 2021 MaxPreps Kansas Player of the Year.
  • 2020 Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year.
  • 2019 and 2020 DiRenna Award winner as the top player in the Kansas City area.
  • 2018 USA Today All-Kansas honorable mention and 2019 All-Kansas first team.
  • 2018 and 2019 all-state first team.
  • 2019 All-EKL League Player of the Year and 2018 and 2019 all-league first team.

High School Notes

  • Has played four varsity seasons at Bishop Meige High School in Kansas.
  • As a senior in 2020-21, aided her team to a 23-1 record and the Kansas 4A state championship; averaged 20.0 ppg., 7.5 rpg., 3.6 apg., 3.8 spg. and 3.5 bpg.
  • Helped advance Bishop Meige to the 2020 state semifinals before the tournament was cancelled due to the pandemic; averaged 17.8 ppg.
  • As a sophomore in 2018-19, started in all 24 games and averaged 17.0 ppg., 7.0 rpg., 6.0 apg., 4.0 spg. and 3.0 bpg. to help her team to a 24-0 record and a state title.
  • As a freshman in 2017-18, started in all 25 games and averaged 13.0 ppg., 6.0 rpg., 3.0 apg., 2.0 spg. and 1.0 bpg. to help her team to a 24-1 record and the state title game.
  • Plays in the summer for Next Level Eclipse 17U Blue Star.
  • Also played volleyball; listed on all-league first team, all-state first team and 4A all-state tournament team.



Personal Notes

  • Born in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and now resides in DeSoto, Kansas.
  • Is right handed.
  • Has maintained at least a 3.75 GPA.
  • Daughter of Robin Verhulst (Baker) and David Verhulst.
  • Has two brothers, Quinton and Dalton, and three sisters, Ashton, Kirston and Addie.
  • Father played basketball at Rockhurst University, and mother played basketball at Duke University.

The Scoop

  • First played basketball when she was very young, because her family all played.
  • Enjoys doing things with family and friends and watching Netflix.
  • First trip outside of the United States was to Chile with the 2019 USA U16 National Team.

USA Basketball Statistics
EVENT G/S MIN/G FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST TO BLK STL
2021 U19
7/3
146/ 20.9
23-55
.418
7-25
.280
5-6
.833
41/ 5.9
58/ 8.3
19
7
5
6
2019 U16 6/6
105/ 17.5
38-75
.507
8-26
.308
3-4
.750
17/ 2.8
87/ 14.5
5
4
6
7
TOTALS
13/9
251/19.3
61-130
.469
15-51
.294
8-10
.800
58/ 4.5
145/ 11.2
24
11
11
13

 



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