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Basketball Recruiting

Yale graduate transfer Paul Atkinson Jr. talks his recruitment

October 22, 2020

On Tuesday, Paul Atkinson Jr. announced that he will graduate from Yale and transfer to another program. This is a major blow for Yale who’s ultimately losing the Co-player of the year in the Ivy League as well as a player who averaged 17 points per game along with 7.3 rebounds.

Whether he plays or not this season doesn’t matter due to the fact that the NCAA granted all winter athletes an additional year of eligibility. The 6-foot-10 forward from West Palm Beach, Florida, made first-team all-conference last year in addition to his co-winning of player of the year.

With the resume he has, you’d expect him to have busy recruitment this time around and that is exactly what’s going on.

ESPN’S Jeff Borzello reported that Atkinson Jr. has heard from Duke, Arkansas, Miami, Florida, USC, Stanford, Notre Dame, Gonzaga, Maryland, Texas, Ohio State, OK State, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, and Georgia.

In a conversation with him last night, he told that in addition to that, he’s heard from the following schools: “Tennessee, Stanford, Kansas, BC, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, NC State, and Xavier have reached out as well.”

As far as head coaches contacting him, he said this:

“I'd say the schools that reached out that have had a heavy interest and I've talked to the head Coaches from are Texas, NC State, Arkansas, Notre Dame Miami, Florida, Boston College, Georgia, and Oklahoma State.”

But what is he looking for in a program?

“I'm looking for a school that's ready to compete and to help me get to the next level and most importantly I'm looking for a masters program in business/finance that I feel will help me in the future after basketball”
- Paul Atkinson Jr.


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