AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas seniors Ariel Atkins and Brooke McCarty are among the prospects for the 2018 WNBA Draft, which will take place Thursday, April 12 at 6 p.m. CT in Nike's New York Headquarters in Manhattan. The first round will be televised by ESPN2, while the second and third rounds will be televised by ESPNU.
Nine players in Texas history have been selected in the WNBA Draft, most recently Imani McGee-Stafford in 2016. Four Longhorns have been taken in the WNBA Draft's first round. In total, 17 Texas players have played in the WNBA.
The WNBA Draft is a three-round, 36-pick event.
Atkins and McCarty, during their Texas careers, helped lead the Longhorns to 108 victories, four NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and one NCAA Elite Eight appearance.
Atkins was a three-time All-Big 12 Conference player and a four-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 teams. She played in 121 career games with 100 starts, scoring in double figures on 81 occasions. Her career free-throw percentage of 83.1 ranks fourth all-time in UT history, her career free-throw percentage of 83.1 ranks sixth all-time in UT history and her career scoring total of 1,497 points is 20th in program history.
McCarty was a three-time first-team All-Big 12 Conference selection, making her one of just six players in program history to earn three first-team all-conference accolades. She also was a four-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 teams. She played in 139 games with 118 starts and played 4,166 minutes -- more total minutes than any other player in program history. McCarty's career three-pointers made (139) ranks second all-time in UT history, her career three-point percentage of 39.8 ranks fourth in program history, her career assists total of 413 is 10th in UT history and her career scoring total of 1,619 ranks 15th all-time in UT history.
Best of luck at the WNBA Draft, ladies! HookEm!