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Texas WBB lands important transfer and 2017 5-star prospect

Karen Aston had a big day on Tuesday.

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Following a run to the Elite 8 that ended with a loss to the eventual national champions, the Texas Longhorns women's basketball team looks poised for continued success with the additions of Joyner Holmes and Alecia Sutton in the 2016 recruiting class and now-pending 2017 additions of Jatarie White and Chasity Patterson.

A transfer from South Carolina, White will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out a season due to transfer rules. The 6'4 post's production with the Gamecocks was modest -- 2.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 11.3 minutes per game -- but head coach Karen Aston is hoping that a redshirt season will help White tap into the potential that she showed in high school when she was a two-time North Carolina Miss Basketball and a McDonald's All-American.

White averaged 21.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game during her senior season at Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day to earn the No. 7 spot on the espnW Hoop Gurlz Super 60.

From Galena Park North Shore, the 5'6 Patterson is the top junior point guard in the country, according to the espnW Hoop Gurlz Super 60, and the No. 4 prospect overall. Texas was the first school to offer Patterson in seventh grade, ultimately leading to her pledge over Oklahoma and UCLA. Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas A&M were also in contention.

Last season, Patterson led a strong North Shore team by scoring 24.5 points per game, dishing out 5.6 assists, and swiping 5.2 steals per game, aided by her long arms. An efficient scorer, she hit 50 percent of her shots from the field, 39 percent from three-point range, and 83 percent from the free-throw line.