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Basketball Player Radar: David Atkinson, Forward, Bima Perkasa (IBL)
Basketball Player Radar: David Atkinson, Forward, Bima Perkasa (IBL)
Travis Pulver | 03/30/19 | 11:15 PM EDT 0 Comments
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In our "Basketball Player Radar" Series we highlight promising players that are flying below the radar.   

David is a talented American basketball player who has built an impressive resume of international playing experience after a successful college career at Salem University. He currently plays forward for Bima Perkasa (in Yogyakarta, Indonesia) where he is one of the top-ranked scorers in Indonesia’s National Basketball League.


Q&A with David Atkinson

Q: What is the fondest memory of your college career and/or pro career?
I would have to say playing for a JUCO and gaining a real understanding of the grind and all the hard work that goes into loving what you do. Getting that first stamp on your passport and arriving in a different country was pretty amazing, too.

Q: What was your best game in college or pro?
 In college, it was against Mercy College. I had 28pts, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks. As a pro, it was my second game in Indonesia, and I was just on fire; scored 45 (hit five three-pointers) and pulled down 15 boards.

Q: What was your favorite NBA team growing up?
 The San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets.

Q:  Who was your favorite NBA player?
Two of the greats-- Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.

Q: Which current NBA player most resembles you?
 I would have to say Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, and Luka Doncic.

Q:  What would your former teammates say about you?
They would say that I am a great teammate and an even better guy off the court. Oh—and that I play with a lot of heart!

Q: What are you presently doing as far as training?
 I workout two or three times a day, a combination of basketball and weights.

Q: What do you need to do to take your basketball career to the next level?
 I think I just need to get my foot in the door so the right people can see my game.

Q: What would be your pitch to NBA scouts?
Hello, I’m David Atkinson. The road I have traveled to get to where I am today was not an easy one; that is evident when you consider where I started and where I stand now. I have more heart than anyone you’ll ever meet, and I am dedicated to doing whatever it takes to succeed. I am a consummate professional at all time, play hard, and don’t believe in excuses.

I don’t know how to give up.

Q: What do you want to do besides basketball?
 There’s nothing in the world that I want to do other than hoop.

Q: What do you like to do for fun?
 I’m from Texas, so I like to golf, hunt, and fish in my free time.

Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?
I would want Prince there so he could entertain the party by singing Purple Rain. I’d want Kobe Bryant there so I could learn about the Mamba mentality from the man himself. For the third-- Muhammad Ali, so he could teach me how to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

David has the experience, intelligence, work ethic, talent, heart, and determination to succeed at the next level. David is the type of player that would be an asset to your team both on and off the court. The team that signs him will be glad that they did.

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