Darion Atkins and potential fulfilled

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A lot of talented DMV hoopsters have great potential as they leave high school and head to the challenges of college. The Washington Post annually names its All Met team, as a measure of athletic talent. The 2010-2011 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams included twelve seniors. This expert assessment only focuses on the hoops potential.

Darion Atkins exceeded that expectation and more!

Of that number, only three are listed as seniors at their colleges.  Darion Atkins, who was selected by the Post as a member of the third team, is one of that group on schedule academically. The other 2015 college seniors (based on the always unreliable internet search) are students at VCU (1st team WaPo), William & Mary (1st team WaPo), South Carolina (1st team WaPo), and Georgia Regents University (4th team WaPo). [Note: another player is playing football and not basketball.]

Those are all strong programs and the all-conference announcements have not been made yet.

Potential becomes reality:

  • Darion is scheduled to graduate on schedule at a most demanding university.
  • Coach Bennett has often praised his 4th year senior as the defensive stopper in his Pack Line defense.
  • At #5’s senior night Coach Bennett summarized his thoughts about this Bear with the following quote
    • “…his mobility and becoming effective with his offensive touches and moves is significant. He’s really embraced that defensive stopper to blow up ball screens, block shots, and bother them. He’s really bought in. I’m so proud of him because his story is a really good story. Darion, to wait his turn, and then look at this. I’m not saying he didn’t want to play more early on, but to experience what he has gotten to experience in this last year, I’d think he would say some of the hardship was worth it to be in this spot. Obviously, there is more to go but that means a lot for me. That’s what you coach for, to see those stories happen.”
  • Darion on the nation’s #1 defensive team was named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year!

Remember, that the WaPo saw his as only a 3rd team All Met players. The players selected for the 1st and 2nd teams would likely be envious of what DA did.

Few, except his teammates and his Mom, know how hard this Bear worked. Potential is all too often a word about promise and little else. Darion added a lot of perspiration on the practice court, in the weight room, in studying films, in his arduous work outs on his own time and on the court for the 28-2 Number Three team.

All Bears should be proud of Darion for his attaining of his potential in class and on the court. Right now, it would be foolish to bet against Darion leading his Cavaliers to their full potential in the NCAA tournament.

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