Post Combo Brings Versatility

Darion Atkins

The Virginia men’s basketball team takes the court again Tuesday night when George Mason visits the John Paul Jones Arena. The Hoos hope to remain undefeated at home, which includes the most recent 86-53 win against Longwood. During that victory, an interesting post combination logged minutes for the Cavaliers.

Midway through the first half and again after intermission, sophomore Akil Mitchell and freshman Darion Atkins manned the post area for the Hoos. While the days of a “true” center arguably have all but disappeared for many teams, it’s still not often that teams will use a pair of 6’8″ posts in tandem. The concerns usually center, pun intended, on defensive matchups. Certainly the decision against Longwood partially can be attributed to the Lancers’ personnel – the visitors didn’t list anyone taller than 6’8″ on their roster. Still, UVa coach Tony Bennett said you can use two posts like Mitchell and Atkins “because of the quickness” as long as the posts are “alert” on defense.