Name – 2014-15 Class, Position, Height, Hometown (High School) -- ESPN.com Rank (Overall/Position)
Diani Akigbogun - Fr., F, 6-1, Aurora, Colo. (Regis Jesuit HS) -- Rank: - / 22
Ariel Atkins - Fr. G, 5-11, Duncanville, Texas (Duncanville HS) -- Rank: 4 / 1
Tasia Foman - Fr., G, 5-4, Duncanville, Texas (Duncanville HS) -- Rank: - / 24
Brooke McCarty - Fr., G, 5-4, League City, Texas (Clear Springs HS) -- 29 / 6
2014 Recruiting Class Breakdown
• Ranked No. 10 overall by ESPN.com
• Two Gatorade Players of the Year (Texas, Colorado)
• Two signees ranked in overall top-30 (ESPN.com)
• All four signees are in the position top-25 rankings (ESPN.com)
• Three high school state championships
• Combined 286-35 high school record (.891)
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Women’s Basketball head coach Karen Aston announced the signing of four high school seniors to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Aston’s second recruiting class at Texas is receiving unanimous high-regard among recruiting services, including a No. 10 ranking by ESPN.com.
The Longhorns signed forward Diani Akigbogun (Aurora, Colo.), guard Ariel Atkins (Duncanville, Texas), guard Tasia Foman (Duncanville, Texas) and guard Brooke McCarty (League City, Texas) for the 2014-15 season.
“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.”
The four future Longhorns in the class of 2014 combine for three high school state championships and a .891 winning percentage (286-35 record). Atkins, Foman and McCarty teamed up to win Nike Nationals -- the AAU’s premier national tournament -- for the Cy-Fair Shock.
“There is one word that describes them all: WINNERS,” Aston said. “They all come from storied high school programs and have been part of championship programs with tremendous coaching. They bring a winning attitude that will be apparent when they set foot on the Forty Acres.”
Akigbogun, a 6-1 forward from Regis Jesuit High School, was named the 2012-13 Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year after leading Regis Jesuit to the CHSAA 5A state championship title and garnering unanimous first-team all-state honors. Akigbogun recorded 13 double-doubles and averaged 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a junior. She guided her high school team, coached by Carl Mattei, to a 65-15 record in three seasons as a letterwinner.
“Diani brings much needed depth at the forward position and is one of those players that always finds herself around the ball,” Aston said. “Our fans will love her attitude and work ethic.”
Both Atkins and Foman are coached by former Longhorn Cathy Self-Morgan at Duncanville High School. In the last three seasons the duo has accounted for 113 wins (113-9, .926) and two state championships at Duncanville, including an undefeated 40-0 record last season.
Atkins is the No. 4 overall recruit and the top-ranked guard in the class of 2014 according to ESPN.com. After winning her second state title with Duncanville as a junior, Atkins was tabbed as the unanimous high school player of the year in Texas by Gatorade, the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and the Dallas Morning News. Atkins averaged 16.8 points, 5.5 steals, 6.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 55.4 percent from the field and 49.2 percent from behind the arc as a junior.
In addition to her athletic prowess, she has earned academic all-district three times and is a member of the National Honor Society at Duncanville.
“Ariel is a dynamic scorer and a tremendous defender,” Aston said. “She is a player that demands so much respect from her opponents and her teammates. Another high-motor player that fits our style perfectly. Ariel is a throwback player who is best described as simply special.”
Foman is ranked as the No. 24 guard in the country according to ESPN.com. The 5-foot-6 guard is a two-time UIL District 7-5A Defensive Player of the Year and was named TABC Class 5A All-State for the 2012-13 season. While leading Duncanville to a 40-0 record and a state title during her junior season, she averaged 11.2 points, 4.2 steals and 3.9 assists per game.
Foman also runs for the Duncanville track team, where she finished second in the 100-meter hurdles and third in the 300-meter hurdles at the UIL District 7-5A meet as a junior.
“Tasia will bring so many intangibles to our program,” Aston said. “She can defend, hit the jump shot and just simply make plays. She has a high motor, which I love in guards.”
McCarty, a 5-foot-4 point guard for Clear Springs High School, is the No. 29 overall recruit and the sixth-ranked guard in the class of 2014 according to ESPN.com. She is a three-time TABC 5A All-State honoree and a three-time District 24-5A Most Valuable Player. Coached by Pam Crawford at Clear Springs, McCarty has led her high school to a 108-11 record in three seasons as a starter and its first-ever appearance in the UIL state tournament in 2013. McCarty’s career high school averages include 19.6 points, 4.3 assists and 4.1 steals per game.
“Brooke is the epitome of a leader and a point guard,” Aston said. “She has a knack for knowing when to pass and when to take a shot, but most importantly how to make others better. Brooke has that it factor that stats or eye tests don't identify.”