Texas has opened the season with two easy victories, but the best news this week has come off the court.
Coach Karen Aston has announced the signing of four high school basketball seniors, a class ranked by one recruiting service as No. 10 in the nation.
“We have been waiting on this day for a very long time and I cannot express how excited I am about this class,” Aston said. “These young ladies are winners at everything they do, which includes the classroom, basketball, and how they carry themselves. Our staff did a tremendous job targeting these student-athletes to put together a championship-level class.”
Leading the group is guard Ariel Atkins, who led Duncanville to the Texas Class 5A state championship in March. An All-State pick last season after averaging 16.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists, she is ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 1 shooting guard and No. 4 overall player in the country by ESPN.com.
Joining Atkins on the class voted No. 10 by the same recruiting service are forward Diani Akigbogun of Aurora, Colo., guard Tasia Foman of Duncanville, and guard Brooke McCarty of League City.
McCarty is the No. 29 overall recruit and the sixth-ranked guard in the nation. She is a three-time Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Association Class 5A All-State honoree and a three-time District 24-5A Most Valuable Player. She averaged 19.6 points, 4.3 assists and 4 steals per game in her junior season at League City.
Foman, Atkins’ teammate at Duncanville, ranks as the No. 24 guard in the country. The All-State player helped Duncanville go 40-0 last season by averaging 12 points, 5 steals and 4 assists a game.
Akigbogun was named Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year following her junior season at Regis Jesuit High School. She averaged 14.5 points a game last season and has helped her team go 65-15 in three seasons.
Texas (2-0) will play its first road contest of the season Tuesday night at the University of New Mexico.
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