Regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Scout.com, the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Travis Atson has been a target for the Blue Demons since a big performance at last November's National Prep Showcase. The interest for Atson has carried over to the new coaching staff.
"I'm kind of an all-around player. I can shoot it, I can drive it to the basket. Get a lot of rebounds. Do a little bit of everything," Atson told WeAreDePaul.com.
Atson listed scholarship offers from DePaul, UC Santa Barbara, Duquesne, Fordham and St. Bonaventure when he spoke with WeAreDePaul.com and Xavier is starting to bring some serious interest as well.
Currently the Blue Demons are one of the programs recruiting Atson the hardest.
"Right now Santa Barbara, DePaul and Xavier [are recruiting me hardest]," Atson said. "I think [Xavier is] about to offer."
For Atson, he's still hearing from DePaul assistant coach Rick Carter, who has continued to recruit the guard since he took the job this spring.
"I know they have a new coaching staff," Atson said of DePaul. "And Coach Carter has been recruiting me for awhile since he was at Xavier. They have a new arena [coming in 2017], so that will be good."
In terms of his recruiting, Atson has a few factors that he's looking for when it comes to picking a school for the next level.
"I'm looking for a family-oriented team. Somewhere where I'm going to play right away. And somewhere where I can get the most of everything," Atson said.
So far this spring, Atson has been on a very talented PSA Cardinals team that includes five-star big man Omari Spellman, shot blocker Kassoum Yakwe, Virginia commit Ty Jerome at guard and three-star guard Bryce Aiken. Aiken also recently picked up a DePaul scholarship offer. The Cardinals are currently 8-4 through three sessions of the EYBL and sit in a three-way tie for second place in Division A.
"Team-wise, I think we're playing really well," Atson said. "We're top three in our [Division]. Personally, I think I'm playing okay, I could be playing better. But for the most part it's good."
Playing with so many talented players around him means that Atson can focus on making energy plays and shots when he's open.
"It's just amazing. You know when you have a bad night, someone is going to step up for you," Atson said. "The ultimate goal is to win Peach Jam. That's what we're looking for. To win every game, get a couple more offers and things will be good."
Atson isn't in any rush for the recruiting process this spring as he just focuses on improving his game in the EYBL.
"Just be more consistent with everything. My shot, my handles, my defense. That's what I'm working on," Atson said.
Atson and PSA will need to win a few more games in Minneapolis to get into Peach Jam during July, but they're off to a very good start and have a solid chance to make it. Keep it to WeAreDePaul.com for more updates on Atson and his recruitment.
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