NORMAN – University of Oklahoma guard Peyton Little will begin her professional career after signing a training camp deal with the Atlanta Dream, the team announced Tuesday.
The Abilene, Texas, native will participate in training camp with Atlanta starting Saturday at the Riverside EpiCenter.
Little averaged 12.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game during the 2016-17 season. As a senior, Little led the Sooners with 54 made 3-pointers. She finished her career as a three-time All-Big 12 selection.
“I am excited that I have been given a chance to compete against some of the best players in the world," Little said. "I am also grateful to the Atlanta Dream for giving me this incredible opportunity. I want to thank my coaches at OU for helping me get this far as a player and I’m looking forward to starting training camp this weekend.”
Little made 96 starts and appeared in 99 games with the Sooners, ranking sixth in school history in made 3-point field goals (161), seventh in minutes averaged per game (31.3) and 25th in scoring (1,187). She was named the 2015 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and a first-team All-Big 12 selection after averaging 12.6 points a game and shooting 41 percent from the field as a sophomore.
“We’re thrilled for Peyton to have this opportunity with the Atlanta Dream,” Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale said. “Training camp will provide her with a great opportunity to compete against some of the best players in the WNBA and allow her to be exposed to fierce competition at the professional level. We’re going to support her every step of the way during her journey.”
Atlanta begins its preseason schedule on May 5 against the Minnesota Lynx in St. Paul, Minn. The Dream finished fifth in the Eastern Conference standings during the 2016 season with a 17-17 record.