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Devin Atkins Wins WTOC Player of the Year
Wednesday, 14 March 2012


From the WTOC Website

Devin Atkins of Vidalia is the WTOC Boys Player of the year after averaging 27 and a half points a game and hitting 47-percent of his three pointers. He also hit 86-percent of his free throws for the season in which he was the little engine that made the Indians run all the way to the GHSA-AA final four. It definitely was a season to remember for Atkins and the Indians.

"I couldn't do it without my teammates," said Atkins. "I'm really honored and it means a lot. I think of the big run we made in the playoffs to get to the final four, making those big runs. Playing with my teammates, I'm going to miss it but you've got to move on."  Coach Tommy Dalley added, "What a great senior campaign he had. In these last couple of years he's really matured and developed as a player."

During Vidalia's tournament run, Atkins increased his scoring output to just over 30 points a game. "Shooting was my main thing, you know, but I had to do more things like pass the ball," said Atkins. "They took away my shooting so I had to get my teammates involved, passing the ball and making big plays."

"He understood what he had to do to get better as far as taking the ball to the basket and being able to distribute that to his teammates, just huge strides in that area" said Dalley. "He shot more free throws this year than he shot in the three previous years combined. Things like that that he knew he what he had to do and for him to go out there and do those things was a big accomplishment."

Next season 5-6 Atkins will take his talents to a junior college where he can prove to 4-year schools that he can play against bigger players. "Most of the college are looking for a point guard, so that's what I am and that's what I love to be," said Atkins. "Wherever I go I hope I have the same accomplishments that I had as an Indian."

Dalley added, "Because of his ability to score he can stretch a defense out so bad and he's quick enough to get to the hole he is extremely hard to guard. When you put players around him that can do those same things he's going to be that much better. Teams now play so much zone it's hard to zone him when he's 25-feet away from the basket and still shooting 48 percent."

Atkins beat out 5 great players for the honor, seniors Kavon Freeman of Savannah High and Lebron Glover of Claxton, juniors Gary McGinty of Country Day and Tim Quarterman of Johnson, plus sophomore Jakeenan Gant of Effingham County.


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