Three Women’s Basketball players to participate in USA Basketball U23 National Team Trials

Filed under: Sports,UT Women's Basketball | – University of Texas women’s basketball players Ariel Atkins, Brooke McCarty and Jatarie White are among the 40 collegiate student-athletes who have been invited to attend the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U23 National Team trials July 31 to Aug. 4 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., it was announced Tuesday.

The 12-member team that will represent the USA in an inaugural U23 Four Nations Tournament for college-aged women this summer in Tokyo, Japan, is expected to be announced on Aug. 4. Players selected to the team will continue training at the USOTC through Aug. 7 before departing for Tokyo. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 23 years old or younger and currently are freshmen, sophomores or juniors in college. The 2017 U23 Four Nations Tournament, which will include the USA, Australia, Canada and Japan, will be a round-robin tournament played Aug. 12-15 in Tokyo.

Leading the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U23 National Team will be Jeff Walz of Louisville as head coach, with Courtney Banghart of Princeton and Michelle Clark-Heard of Western Kentucky as assistant coaches. Texas head coach Karen Aston is a member of the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, which will select the 12-member roster for the U23 national team.

Atkins was a 2017 All-Big 12 First Team selection and a member of the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. She averaged 12.8 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game and led the Big 12 Conference in steals per game with 2.0. She ranked second on her team in scoring and shot a team-best 81.8 percent from the free-throw line.

McCarty was the 2017 Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, becoming the first person in program history to earn that distinction. She led her team in scoring with 14.1 points per game and was the Big 12 Conference leader in three-point-field-goal percentage at .430 (77-of-179). Her 77 three-pointers made on the year were the second-most in a single season in school history.

White was a two-time North Carolina Miss Basketball and a McDonald’s High School All-American. She played her first two collegiate years at the University of South Carolina, where she was part of two Southeastern Conference Championship teams, including an NCAA Final Four appearance in 2014-15. Beginning with the 2017-18 season, she will have two years of eligibility remaining at Texas.