Defending champs begin play Thursday at $1 million The Basketball Tournament (8 p.m. ET on ESPNU).
Notre Dame vs. Duke
Notre Dame 83, Florida State 63
Notre Dame 79, Michigan State 78
Three-time Irish captain receives award at third annual An Evening With Notre Dame Basketball event.
Debuted each year at the OSCARS - the year-end highlight video provides a look back at all 26 varsity sports competed at the University of Notre Dame and is created in cooperation with the Student Welfare and Development Office and LeSea Broadcasting.
UND.com recaps 'An Evening With Notre Dame Basketball' - the revamped end-of-year banquet for the team.
Jack Nolan and Jordan Cornette provide a day one update on the Fighting Irish in Greensboro, NC, for the NCAA Tournament.
Irish players Scott Martin, Jack Cooley and Eric Atkins meet with the media before their matchup with Xavier.
UND.com provides some keys to the game for Notre Dame's second round match up with Xavier.
Notre Dame at No. 14 North Carolina photos by USA TODAY Sports
Notre Dame vs. Georgia Tech
USATSI gallery, men's basketball
Notre Dame vs. Clemson
Notre Dame vs. Syracuse (USATSI)
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'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'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'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'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'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'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'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'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'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's ... dished out a season-high seven assists at St. John'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'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'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'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's Rosenthal Leadership Academy ... graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in film, television and theater.
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