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Saturday / December 5.
  • Yale grad transfer Paul Atkinson Jr. hearing from Kansas, Duke, Gonzaga, Texas, Notre Dame, among many

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Yale graduate transfer Paul Atkinson Jr. has heard from a slew of high-major schools.

    Atkinson told ZAGSBLOG on Wednesday that Kansas, Xavier, SMU and Virginia Tech were the new schools to reach out in addition to these:

    The 6-foot-10 West Palm Beach, Fla., native averaged 17.6 points and 7.3 rebounds last season when he was the Ivy League Co-Player of the Year.

    Atkinson scored in double figures every game last season after setting school records in single-season, field-goal percentage as a first year and sophomore. He tested the NBA Draft waters but opted to return to school.

    He announced Monday that he will graduate in the spring and grad-transfer. He would be immediately eligible for the 2021-22 season.

    Last year several high-profile Ivy League players grad-transferred to places like Duke, Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama and Seton Hall and will be immediately eligible this season.

    The Ivy League does not allow grad students to play due to an arcane rule that says players must complete their eligibility within eight semesters.

    Meantime, the 2020-21 Ivy League season is in jeopardy due to the COVID-19 pandemic and more Ivy League players could transfer, as reported over on ForbesSports Money. Harvard already has three players in the NCAA Transfer portal.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.