THIS SEASON Ariya Crook enters her second season at USC as a proven spark in the backcourt for the Women of Troy.
2011-12 FRESHMAN SEASON Crook's claim to fame as a true freshman came in an overtime win at Cal, where she scored all 11 of USC's points in OT, including the game-winning layup... Set her career high with 21 points in that game on Feb. 11... Earned Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention... Appeared in 29 games and started four... Also scored in double digits with 17 points at Utah and 10 vs. UTSA... Averaged 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.7 steals per game... Had a career-high five assists vs. WSU on Feb. 2.
NATIONAL TEAMS Crook participated at the 2009 U.S. Under-18 team trials and the 2009 U.S. Under-16 trials.
HIGH SCHOOL Crook was selected a 2011 McDonald's All-American out of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly... Ranked as the No. 2 point guard in the nation and No. 16 overall in the ESPNU Rankings Class of 2011... Also a WBCA All-American, was named to 2011 LA Times All-Star Team... Named to All-CIF Team as a senior... Averaged 11.7 points per game as a senior to help team reach the 2011 CIF Southern Section quarterfinals... Long Beach Poly team won the CIF 1-AA State Championship in 2008 and 2009 and was state finalist in 2010... Won four straight Moore League titles... Selected to 2009 All-CIF Second Team... An all-league first teamer... Played club for Fundamental Hoops and Cal Sparks.
PERSONAL Ariya Antoinette Crook was born Feb. 22, 1993 in Torrance, Calif... The daughter of Angela Williams.... Has four siblings, Robert, Mark, Willie and Mary Ann... Lists winning the CIF championship as a freshman as her most thrilling sports moment, and lists Kobe Bryant as her biggest sports hero... Favorite foods are meat loaf, mashed potatoes and broccoli... Would like to one day travel to Paris... Has always wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle... Has not decided on a major, but hopes to pursue a career as a detective.