University of Texas senior basketball standout Ariel Atkins didn’t grow up dreaming of playing professional basketball, but started thinking about at Texas. Atkins could be drafted in as high as the first round on Thursday.
Atkins, from Duncanville, Texas, was a three-time All-Big 12 Conference player and a four-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 teams. She played in 121 career games with 100 starts, scoring in double figures on 81 occasions. Her career free-throw percentage of 83.1 ranks fourth all-time in UT history, her career free-throw percentage of 83.1 ranks sixth all-time in UT history and her career scoring total of 1,497 points is 20th in program history.
The WNBA draft is three rounds with a total of 36 picks. Texas has had four 1st round picks in the history of the WNBA with the most recent Imani McGee-Stafford in 2016 by the Chicago Sky with the 10th pick.