Atkins Interested in ACC

TSR's Scott Kornberg talks to 2011 prospect Darion Atkins about his interest in playing ACC basketball.

When asked about the possibility of playing in the ACC, Class of 2011 recruit Darion Atkins becomes very excited. “I would love to play in the ACC. It's the best conference in college basketball,” Atkins said. “The competition there is so good. There have been so many players that have gone to the NBA from that conference.”

Although he is still a couple of years away from college, Atkins could very well get an opportunity to play basketball in the ACC. He is getting recruited by Wake Forest, Florida State, and Maryland, which are all members of the ACC. Atkins has yet to visit those schools, but he is very impressed with Wake Forest from talking to their coaches. “Wake Forest is probably not as big of a campus as I would like, but they have really small classes and they graduate 100% of their basketball players,” Atkins said. “They are really serious about getting a degree.”

Despite the impression Wake Forest has made on Atkins so far, Maryland figures to be a competitor for the services of Atkins. “I haven't visited Maryland yet, but it's a really nice school from what I've heard,” said Atkins. “They've got great academics and the opportunity to play for a coach like Gary Williams would be amazing.”

Atkins will soon find out more about Maryland. “I plan on visiting soon,” Atkins said. “Their academics are really impressive. If I go there, I would get a great education. Education is what is most important, and Maryland will give me a good one if I end up going there.”

For now, Atkins is focusing on his high school work, on the court and in the classroom. He knows his studies are very important. His biggest goal this year is to earn at least a 3.0 GPA for his junior year of high school. In addition, Atkins is serious about working hard on the court. “I'm going to spend a lot of time in the weight room, getting stronger, and I also want to work on my post moves and ball handling,” Atkins said.

Atkins still has a good amount of time before he makes a decision on where he attends school. However, college coaches have to be impressed with his work ethic, both in the classroom and on the court. With all of that hard work, Atkins looks like he will have the opportunity to play amongst the elite in the ACC. He would not want it any other way.

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