Atkins Delivered When Needed

Baltimore (Md.) Mount St. Joe's junior point guard Eric Atkins was recently named the Baltimore Catholic League player of the year. Faced with mounting injuries to his teammates, Atkins stepped up.

The body count was rising. Mount St. Joe's was losing players at a rapid rate. Everyone was getting hurt.

"It was (bad), people would go up for rebounds and break a foot," junior point guard Eric Atkins said. "We lost Matt Miller before the season going up for a layup. It was left and right, people getting hurt. It was pretty frustrating. We lost two guys for the year and a freshman who was the sixth man."

Something had to be done. Atkins, the team leader, took the challenge head on. He increased his scoring average nearly 10 points, all the way up to 23 a game. Atkins, for his efforts, was named the Baltimore Catholic League player of the year.

Adversity struck and Atkins acted. "It teaches you to keep pushing through and never quit. When its your turn to step up and fill in, do a good job.

"I definitely was asked to do a lot more than I was expected to … score more and rebound. We lost guards and big men. Everything picked up with my responsibilities."

Atkins is a wanted man. He brandishes offers from Notre Dame, Virginia, Massachusetts, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. Atkins says that he's not leaning one way or another. He's been to each of the campuses.

"I really don't have a timeline. As of right now I don't have one. Whenever I feel comfortable and I will take additional visits to those schools again just to hang out with the guys to help finalize my decision."

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