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Wednesday / January 26.
  • Yale grad transfer Paul Atkinson Jr. commits to Notre Dame

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Yale graduate transfer Paul Atkinson Jr. has committed to Notre Dame, he told ZAGSBLOG Sunday.

    Atkinson also considered N.C. State, Miami, Iowa and Texas.

    “I felt I would fit in great and have a great opportunity to help Notre Dame make a run,” he said.

    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 this fall that he will graduate from Yale in the spring and grad-transfer. He would be immediately eligible for the 2021-22 season.

    The Ivy League announced last month that it was canceling all winter sports due to COVID.

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

    For more on Ivy League grad transfers, read my feature over on NJ.com.

    This post was updated on 1/3/21.

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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.