Three Longhorns named to preseason Big 12 honors

Jacob Martella

Senior forward Nneka Enemkpali, freshman guard Ariel Atkins and junior center Imani McGee-Stafford were named to preseason All-Big 12 honors, which the conference released Wednesday, in women’s basketball. 

Enemkpali was named to the All-12 Big 12 preseason team after landing a spot on the All-Big 12 first team a season ago. Last year, she averaged 12 points and just over eight rebounds per game and totaled 28 assists as a forward. Her 3.1 offensive rebounds per game in her career ranks her third all-time at Texas. 

Atkins was named the preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year, despite not having stepped onto the court yet for the Longhorns. Atkins was key a part of the Duncanville Panther team that had a 105-game winning streak. In her senior year with Duncanville, Atkins averaged 17.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and was named the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year.

McGee-Stafford earned a spot as a preseason honorable mention after leading the Longhorns with 2.2 blocks and 12.1 points per game in conference play last year. Heading into her junior campaign, McGee-Stafford sits seventh in Texas history with 147 career blocks.

West Virginia junior guard Bria Holmes was named the preseason Big 12 Player of the Year and Oklahoma sophomore guard Peyton Little was named preseason Newcomer of the Year.

The Longhorns will open up their 2014-2015 season with an exhibition game against Oklahoma City University on Nov. 9.