Ariel Atkins named Morgan Wootten POY
Not many high school students know more about winning than Ariel Atkins.
After leading Duncanville (Texas) to a 105-game winning streak that spanned three seasons, the Texas-bound guard racked up another victory on Tuesday when she was named the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year during a news conference in Chicago.
The Morgan Wootten Player of the Year honors the male and female McDonald's All-American for accomplishments on and off the court.
Jahlil Okafor of Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago was the recipient of the boys award.
"It's a dream come true just to say I was a McDonald's All-American," the 5-foot-11 Atkins said. "And then to get this award is a true honor."
Atkins, who averaged 17.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.8 steals and 3.9 assists as a senior, closed her Duncanville career earlier this month with a loss to Manvel in the Texas state championship game. Duncvanville is ranked No. 3 in the espnW 25 Power Rankings.
Atkins, the No. 4 prospect in the espnW Top 100 for the 2014 class, will represent the West squad at the April 2 McDonald's All American Game at Chicago's United Center.
Other finalists for the Morgan Wootten award were Ohio State signee Kelsey Mitchell, Notre Dame's Brianna Turner, Florida State's Shakayla Thomas, South Carolina's Jatarie White and undeclared A'ja Wilson.
Past winners include Taya Reimer (2013), Breanna Stewart(2012), Maya Moore (2007), Tina Charles (2006) and Candace Parker (2004). The award, named after the Hall of Fame coach, recognizes players both on and off the court.