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Texas Nabs Sleeper Big Man

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Atchley Offered, Accepts Scholarship

 

Connor Atchley (Ash-Ley) is a Longhorn. On Monday night, Texas head coach Rick Barnes laid an offer on the table and the Clear Lake junior wasted no time in accepting.

 

 "When I found out that he was coming after the Kingwood tournament, I was hoping he would ask," Atchley said. "I was ready. I was just talking to him and he said he liked the way I played and said he wanted me. I told him I'd love to play for him and we shook on it."

 

Who is Connor Atchley? Great question. Texas became intrigued by him when he attended the Tops in Texas camp in Austin at the beginning of April. From then, the courtship was swift.

 

 Apparently, Barnes became intrigued with Atchley's long term potential. The coach took over his recruitment and when Atchley played well for the Houston Gold at last weekend's Kingwood Classic, the decision was made and a scholarship was offered to the longtime Longhorn backer.

 

"It's a dream come true. I've lived in Texas my entire life and there's no bigger school than Texas."

Atchley's numbers as a junior were less than eye-popping but UT loved his potential (see Jason Klotz). As a junior, he averaged 9 points. "In our offense it wasn't focused on getting it inside. I played about half the time because we had three other big guys.

 

"I think I'm a team player. I'm going to give the ball to my teammates. I pass nicely down low and I'm not going to quit on you. I'm versatile and can play inside and outside. I can hit the 18 footer and get down low and score."

 

Atchley said he was offered by Rice, Texas A&M, S.F. Austin and UT-Arlington. "I think some other colleges were on the way but Texas came first and I said yes."

 

Speaking of saying yes, the Longhorns have Lamarcus Aldridge, Daniel Gibson and Mike Williams on campus this weekend. If Williams says yes, Barnes would have the makings of a recruiting class that just might end up No. 1 nationally.


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