Texas' Joyner Holmes(24), Ariel Atkins(23), Brooke McCarty and Alecia Sutton(1) huddle before McCarty's free throw against TCU during a Big 12 Conference basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Women's Basketball

Ariel Atkins makes U23 U.S. national basketball team

Posted August 4th, 2017

Story highlights
  • Atkins was first team All-Big 12 after her junior season
  • Atkins will compete at the Four Nations Tournament beginning Aug. 12
  • The U23 Four Nations Tournament will take place in Japan

Ariel Atkins, a senior guard for UT, earned a spot on the USA Basketball women’s U23 national team Friday. She spent five days at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and was selected by the Women’s Junior National Team Committee.

The U23 team is scheduled to compete in the inaugural Four Nations Tournament which runs Aug. 12-15 in Tokyo, Japan. The U.S. will take on teams from Australia, Canada and Japan in the round-robin tournament.

Atkins and the team will train at the USOTC through Aug.7 before arriving at Katayanagi Arena where the tournament will take place.


As an All-Big 12 first team selection in her junior season, Atkins averaged 12.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. She was also named a member of the Big 12 All-Defensive team as she led the league in steals with 2 per game. Atkins shot 81.8 percent from the free-throw line, best on the Longhorns.

Team USA will play Australia on Aug. 12 before facing Canada the next day and Japan on Aug. 15.

Team USA’s U23 national team roster:

Ariel Atkins (Texas/Duncanville)
Monique Billings (UCLA/Corona, Calif.)
Kalani Brown (Baylor/Slidell, La.)
Jordin Canada (UCLA/Los Angeles, Calif.)
Asia Durr (Louisville/ Douglasville, Ga.)
Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon/Walnut Creek, Calif.)
Brittany McPhee (Stanford/Normandy Park, Wash.)
Kelsey Mitchell  (Ohio State/Cincinnati, Ohio)
Jamie Nared (Tennessee/Portland, Ore.)
Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame/Milwaukee, Wis.)
Mercedes Russell (Tennessee/Springfield, Ore.)
A’ja Wilson (South Carolina/Hopkins, S.C.)