Ariel Atkins named finalist for prestigious Senior CLASS Award

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Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their athletic platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

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Senior Texas guard Ariel Atkins is one of 10 NCAA women’s basketball student-athletes nationally who has been selected as a finalist for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award, it was announced Thursday.

To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their athletic platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 candidates announced in January. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through March 19. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award recipients will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four.

Atkins has played in 109 career games at Texas with 88 starts. She currently ranks 24th in program history with 1,319 career points and is fourth in school history in free-throw percentage at .831.

In her senior year of 2017-18, Atkins ranks in the top-20 of nine different Big 12 Conference statistical categories, including the impressive feat of points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game, blocks per game and steals per game. She leads her team with 15.0 points per game and 64 steals. Atkins ranks 25th nationally in free-throw percentage (.866) and 33rd in the nation in steals per game (2.78).

She is a three-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 teams, an Arthur Ashe, Jr., Sports Scholar Honorable Mention Recipient and a three-time selection to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Atkins, who was a 2017 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team nominee, is the primary vocal leader on her team and, in the summer of 2016, participated in the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere (FLAME) program. She is a sport management major.

For more information, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

2017-18 Senior CLASS Award Finalists
Ariel Atkins, Texas

Lexie Brown, Duke
Tyra Buss, Indiana
Emily Clemens, Western Illinois
Rebecca Greenwell, Duke
Delaney Hodgins, Eastern Washington
Kaylee Jensen, Oklahoma State
Jackie Kemph, Saint Louis
Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State
Gabby Williams, UConn