Prolific point guard enjoyed a stellar four-year career at Notre Dame … only three-time captain in 109-year history of the program … concluded his career as one of just five Irish players to score 1,000 points (1,421) and dish off 500 assists (589) … one of 55 Notre Dame players to reach the 1,000-point plateau … finished career 18th on all-time career scoring list and third in assists … became just the fourth Notre Dame player to dish off 100-plus assists in each of his four seasons … played in 133 contests (tied for second all-time) and made 105 starts (ninth all-time) … missed only two contests during his career and earned starts in 97 straight contests … owned 10.7 scoring and 4.4 assist averages during his career … his career assist average ranks eighth all-time in Notre Dame history … scored in double figures 73 times during his career (one 30-point outing and six 20-plus point games), dished off 10-plus assists six times and recorded five double-doubles … connected on 178 three-pointers to rank eighth all-time in Notre Dame history … owned one of the nation[apos]s best career assist-to-turnover ratios (2.37) while averaging 34.8 minutes per game … led Irish in scoring 24 times during his career and in assists on 58 occasions.
SENIOR SEASON (2013-14): Shared captain duties with teammates Pat Connaughton, Tom Knight and Garrick Sherman … first three-time captain in program history … a third-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as voted on by the coaches and an honorable mention choice by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) … started all 32 games and led the team in scoring with 444 points (13.9 ppg.) … dished off team-high 156 assists (4.9 apg.) which was second best in the ACC … averaged 14.4 points and 5.06 assists (second in the ACC) in conference play … led all Irish players with 39 steals… played a team-high 1,211 minutes (37.8 mpg )… played every minute in nine games during the season … was on the court for all 50 minutes of Notre Dame[apos]s double-overtime victory over Clemson and played all 45 minutes in overtime loss to Pittsburgh … averaged 39.22 minutes per game in 18 ACC regular-season contests to rank second in that category … shot 42.4 percent from the field as he connected on 159 of 375 shots … his 61 three-pointers (61-165) ranked second on the team behind Connaughton … led the Irish in scoring eight times and in assists on 18 occasions … opened the season by scoring in double figures in six of seven games and owned a career-best nine-game double-figure scoring streak during the season … scored 20 or more points six times… netted double-figures in a personal-best 24 contests … dished off six or more assists in 12 games … garnered ACC player-of-the-week accolades in back-to-back weeks … earned first honor on Dec. 30 after scoring 30 points and dishing off seven assists in overtime win against Canisius that marked the first 30-plus performance of his career … connected on a career-best 10 field goals in the game (10-14), including six three-pointers (6-8) … repeated as the ACC Player of the Week on Jan. 6 after leading his team with 19 points and 11 assists (only double-double of the season and fifth of his career) versus Duke … became the 54th played in Notre Dame history to reach 1,000 points with his fifth point of the game against Indiana State on Nov. 17, 2013 … registered the first of his six 20-plus point outings at Iowa in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge as he finished with 23 points … four of the six games in which he scored 20-plus points resulted in Irish road losses — at Georgia Tech (20 points), Florida State (24 points) and North Carolina (21 points) … hit game-winning three-pointer with 0.8 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Irish to 76-73 victory over Boston College and finished with 24 points … sent the game into overtime when he converted one of his two free-throw attempts after being fouled with one second remaining in regulation … played every minute of the game nine times, seven times in ACC action… netted 16 points and passed out five assists in a 84-69 win over Santa Clara… was 8-16 from the field and 4-5 from three-point range en route to 23 points in a 98-93 setback to Iowa in the Big Ten/ACC challenge … led all Irish scorers with 16 points in an 68-64 double overtime victory over Clemson… closed out his Irish career with a 13 point, seven assist performance against Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament … copped Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP honors.
JUNIOR SEASON (2012-13): Started all 35 games and was third on the team in scoring with 393 points (11.2 ppg.) … dished out a career-high 193 assists (5.5 apg.) and grabbed 90 rebounds (2.6 rpg.) … had career-best 48 steals … played a team-high – and career high – 1,340 minutes (38.3 mpg.) … was 138-314 (.439) from the field, including 49-118 (.415) from three-point range, and was 68-104 (.654) from the free-throw line … had team high point total on four occasions … led the Irish in assists 19 times and in steals 21 times … received the Notre Dame Captain[apos]s Award … boasted a 2.61 assist-to-turnover ratio, which ranked 17th nationally and second in the BIG EAST … averaged 12.4 points and 5.0 assists in BIG EAST play … led all BIG EAST players in three-point shooting percentage (.449) during league games … scored in double figures 21 times and recorded four double-doubles (points and assists) … notched the first double-double of his career with 12 points and 10 assists in addition to hauling down five rebounds in a 79-70 setback to Saint Joseph[apos]s during the semifinals of the CVC Classic … netted 16 points and was 3-4 from three-point range in a 78-68 win over BYU during the consolation game of the CVC Classic … started a five-game double-figure scoring streak with 13 points in addition to having six assists in a 69-52 besting of Saint Francis (Pa.) … registered a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists in a 92-65 victory over Chicago State … was 7-11 from the field en route to 16 points in a 64-50 win over Kentucky and was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for his performance against the Wildcats … notched 10 points and 12 assists in an 84-57 win against Brown … compiled 17 points and seven assists in the 81-68 win over Purdue at the Crossroads Classic … his 12-point effort against Niagara started a season-best six-game double-figure scoring streak … recorded a double-double in the BIG EAST opener against Seton Hall as he tallied 17 points and 10 assists in the 93-74 victory … was 7-11 from the field, including 3-3 from distance, versus the Pirates … scored 18 points in a 65-58 setback to Connecticut … that was the first of four straight games in which he played all 40 minutes … was 7-9 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line en route to a season-high 21 points in a 67-63 loss at St. John[apos]s … also had a career-high six steals versus the Red Storm … went for 14 points in a 69-66 victory over Rutgers … selected to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for his efforts against St. John[apos]s and Rutgers … scored 16 points in 43 minutes in a 79-71 overtime victory at DePaul … tied a Notre Dame record by playing all 60 minutes of the epic 104-101 five-overtime win over eventual national champion Louisville … tallied 14 points and five boards in the victory over the Cardinals … posted 13 points and nine assists in the 82-78 overtime triumph vs.DePaul … recorded 16 points in a 72-64 setback at Marquette … had 15 points and seven assists in a 66-40 win over St. John[apos]s.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2011-12): A starter in all 32 games in which he played … third on the team in scoring (12.1 ppg.) and second in assists (4.1 apg.) … had 103 rebounds (3.2 rpg.) and 43 steals … had a 1.83 assist-to-turnover ratio … earned the team[apos]s Outstanding Playmaker Award for the second straight season … averaged a team-high 37.9 minutes played per game … scored in double figures 21 times, including three games with 20-plus points … led the Fighting Irish in scoring 10 times and in assists 11 times … also had a team-leading steal total in 15 games … was 45-120 (.375) from three-point range … averaged 11.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in BIG EAST play … tallied a career-high 27 points to go along with six assists and four rebounds in the season opener, an 80-67 win over Mississippi Valley State … registered 18 points and nine assists in an 84-59 victory over Bryant … netted 26 points and handed out six assists in an 87-78 triumph over Maine … made a career-high five three-pointers (on seven attempts) against Maine … had nine assists in addition to scoring 13 points in a 106-65 win over Sacred Heart … that was in the middle of a three-game double-digit scoring stretch as he went for 15 against both Indiana and Pittsburgh … notched 15 points and a career-high eight rebounds and played all 50 minutes in a 67-65 double-overtime victory at Louisville … posted 20 points in the home showdown with Connecticut … had 14 points and five boards in win over Seton Hall … deposited 13 points in a 50-48 win at Connecticut … compiled 18 points, five assists and four rebounds in a 76-59 besting of Marquette … selected to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for his performance against the Golden Eagles … scored in double 1figures in seven of Notre Dame[apos]s nine straight victories, including in each of the final four contests of the streak … those double-digit performances came against DePaul (14), Rutgers (10), Villanova (17) and West Virginia (13) … had eight assists in both the Rutgers and West Virginia games and had six assists versus DePaul … registered 10 points, nine assists and six rebounds in a 75-69 win over Providence … tallied 12 points versus Louisville in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2010-11): Had a solid rookie campaign for the Fighting Irish … played in all 34 games, including six starts … received the team[apos]s Outstanding Playmaker Award … averaged 5.8 points, 3.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game … his assist average ranked second on the team … boasted a 2.56 assist-to-turnover ratio, which ranked first among all BIG EAST players and 20th nationally … his 21 steals ranked third among all Irish players … led the team in assists 10 times and in scoring twice … averaged 25.4 minutes per game … scored in double figures seven times … his season-high total for made three-pointers was two, which occurred five times … registered five or more assists 10 times … had back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts against Liberty (10) and Chicago State (12) in the second and third games of the season, respectively … became the first Irish rookie since Luke Harangody in 2006-07 to reach double figures in points in consecutive games … made his first start in the Chicago State contest … had 12 points in a win over Wisconsin in the title game of the Old Spice Classic … tallied 12 points and a season-high seven rebounds in a triumph of Gonzaga … his other five starts of the season occurred in BIG EAST play … played a season-high 39 minutes in back-to-back games versus Connecticut and St. John[apos]s … dished out a season-high seven assists at St. John[apos]s … made a season-high eight free throws (on 10 attempts) against the Red Storm … also matched a season-best total with three steals against St. John[apos]s … scored a season-best 15 points at Marquette … had 11 points and five assists in a win over Cincinnati … netted 12 points in a home win over Marquette … matched a season-best total with seven assists at USF … had eight points in a win over Akron in the second round of the NCAA Championship … posted seven points, five rebounds and five assists against Florida State in the third round of the NCAA Championship.
AWARDS AND HONORS: Third Team All-ACC (2014) … Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) Honorable Mention All-ACC (2014) … Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP (2014) … ACC Player of the Week (Dec. 30, 2013, Jan. 4, 2014) … Notre Dame Outstanding Playmaker Award (2011 and 2012) … Notre Dame Captain[apos]s Award (2013) … BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Feb. 6, 2012, Dec. 3, 2012, Jan. 21, 2013). HIGH SCHOOL: Played entire prep career at Mount Saint Joseph High School under the tutelage of coach Pat Clatchey … helped lead his teams to a combined record of 106-30 (.842) throughout his career … four-year starter … three-time team captain … two-time Baltimore Catholic League (BCL) MVP … named to the BCL all-conference team three times … honored by the Baltimore Sun by being named to the All-Baltimore Metro squad three consecutive years … two-time all-state honoree … 2010 McDonalds All-American nominee … as a senior, he averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals while leading team to a 28-3 record and the BCL regular season crown for the second time in his career … netted 23.0 points, dished off 6.0 assists, pulled down 5.0 rebounds during stellar junior season … during his prep career was named to numerous all tournament teams including the Gonzaga DC Classic, Benedictine Holiday Tournament, Leon Brogdon Tournament and BCL … was a participant in the Derby Classic … played for the DC Assault AAU squad … led his 2009 team to the adidas Take 5 championship and the Teak Breakdown tournament title … DC Assault won the 2008 adidas Super 64 crown in Las Vegas and then advanced to the final four in[apos]09 … took home seven team championships in two seasons on the squad … named to the all-tournament team in consecutive years at the prestigious adidas Take 5 tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio … joined Irish classmate Jerian Grant at prestigious Capital Classic All-Star Game in April 2010.
PERSONAL: Full name is Eric William Atkins … has two older brothers, Bryan and Sean … son of Dominique and the late William L. Atkins … born in Greenwich, Conn. … 2012-13 participant in Notre Dame[apos]s Rosenthal Leadership Academy … graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in film, television and theater.
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