The Washington Mystics have selected Ariel Atkins from the University of Texas with the seventh overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft.
A 5’11” guard, Atkins helped the Longhorns to four NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances with the team moving on to the Elite Eight during the 2015-16 season. She increased her output in virtually every category, averaging a career and team best 14.9 ppg, 3.2 apg and 2.5 spg during her senior year.
Atkins has earned numerous accolades including All-Big 12 First Team honors, Big 12 All-Defensive Team, and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America. She was second in the Big 12 in steals per game (2.5) and three-point field goal percentage (.420).
She concludes her collegiate career with the fourth-best free throw percentage (.883) and sixth-best three-point percentage (.373) in school history as well as career averages of 12.4 ppg, 1.9 apg and 1.85 spg.
“Our goal was to find a wing player that could be a scorer and a defender,” said Mystics Head Coach and General Manager Mike Thibault. “I think that her basketball I.Q. and energy level is off the charts and I think that she proved over the course of her time at Texas that she is a very dynamic and efficient player.”
In the second round (19th overall), the Mystics drafted forward Myisha Hines-Allen of the University of Louisville. She has earned All-ACC and All-America Honors. She is only the second player in program history to score 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. In four years, Hines-Allen recorded 14.3 ppg and 8.2 rpg.
In the final round (31st overall), Washington added guard Rebecca Greenwell of Duke University. She is the first player in school history with 1,500 points, 600 rebounds, and 300 three-point field goals made. Greenwell has received All-ACC and All-America honors and averaged 14.9 ppg and 6.0 rpg.
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