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Paul Atkinson


  • Named a member of the February 2021 USA Basketball Men’s AmeriCup Qualifying Team on Feb. 2, 2021.


  • Declared for the 2020 NAB Draft but withdrew to keep college eligibility.


  • Announced he was transferring to the University of Notre Dame for his senior season (2021-22).

  • Played three collegiate seasons (2017-18 to 2019-20) at Yale University.

  • Did not play in 2020-21 after the Ivy League canceled its winter season because of COVID 19.

  • Helped lead Yale to a 61-30 three-year record and 30-12 in the Ivy League. Yale won the Ivy League regular season title in 2018-19 and 2019-20, won the league tournament in 2019, played in the 2019 NCAA Tournament and had qualified for the 2020 NCAA Tournament.

  • Played in 91 games, started in 60 games, compiled 2,309 minutes (25.4 mpg.), 1,090 points (12.0 ppg.), 512 rebounds (5.6 rpg.) and  106 assists. Shot 66.1% from the field and 66.5% from the foul line.

  • Did not miss a game over three seasons.

  • Finished as Yale’s career leader in field goal percentage (.661). His .697 percentage as a sophomore is the single-season best in program history. Set a single season school record by scoring in double figures in all 30 games in 2019-20 and his 528 points were the eighth most in a season in school history. Led the Ivy League in field goal percentage in each of his three years.

  • As a junior (2019-20), played in 30 games, started in 29 games, averaged 31.8 minutes, 17.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals a game. Shot 63.0% from the field, 30.8% from 3-point and 67.1% from the foul line.

  • Named 2019-20 Ivy League Player of the Year, unanimous All-Ivy first team, USBWA and NABC All-District teams, All-ECAC first team.  Recipient of the team’s Dutch Arnold Award as the most valuable player.

  • As a junior recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds against Oklahoma State, had 12 points and eight boards against Penn State, scored 20 points in a win over Clemson,  and had 10 points and seven rebounds in a three-point loss to North Carolina.

  • Finished seventh in the nation in field goal percentage (.630) and ranked third in the Ivy League in scoring (17.6 ppg.), fifth in rebounding (7.3 rpg.), seventh in steals (1.2 per game) and 10th in blocked shots (0.8 per game).

  • As a sophomore (2018-19), played in 30 games, started in one game, averaged 20.2 minutes, 9.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists a game. Shot 69.7% from the field and 65.3% from the foul line. Recipient of the team’s Bill Madden Toughness Award.

  • As a freshman (2017-18), played in 31 games, started in 30 games, averaged 24.2 minutes, 9.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists a game. Shot 69.2% from the field and 66.7% from the foul line. Recipient of the team's John C. Cobb Outstanding Rookie Award.


  • Son of Paul and Laura Atkinson.

  • Will graduate from Yale this spring.

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