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Payton Verhulst

As of May 28, 2019

USA Basketball Notes

  • Honors: 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship MVP.
  • Gold Medals: 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
  • As a member of the 2019 USA Basketball Women's U16 National Team, started in all six games and averaged 14.5 points and  2.8 rebounds per game 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.
  • Named to the 2019 USA Women’s U16 National Team on May 30; selected as one of 18 finalists for the team on May 27; announced as an invitee for trials on May 13.
  • Participated in the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship at the United States Olympic Training Center 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.

High School Honors

  • Is ranked No. 10 on the ESPN HoopGurlz Terrific 25 for the high school class of 2021.
  • 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 two varsity seasons at Bishop Meige High School in Kansas, where she has started in all 49 games played.
  • Lists career single-game highs of 35 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists, 11 blocks and eight steals.
  • 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 plays volleyball; 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 (23) and Dalton (22), and three sisters, Ashton (17), Kirston (12) and Addie (10).
  • Father David Verhulst played basketball at Rockhurst University, and mother Robin (Baker) Verhulst 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.
  • Favorite player is Breanna Stewart, because she loves her mid-range game.
  • Favorite class is math.
  • Favorite pregame meal is a grilled cheese or mac-n-cheese.
  • Inspired by her mom.
  • Has not yet traveled outside of the United States.

USA Basketball Statistics
2019 U16 6/6
105/ 17.5
17/ 2.8
87/ 14.5



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