Barking Abbey student-athlete Dan Akin has signed with NCAA Division 1 school The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) on a full athletic scholarship for the 2017-18 season.
Akin joined BA from Northfleet Tech for the 2016-17 season for a prep year, and instantly became an impact player in the Division 2 Men’s squad, who won the league and playoff title, and the National Championship EABL side.
“I’m extremely grateful that I have been blessed with this amazing opportunity to further my academics and basketball at UMBC,” Akin said.
“I decided to sign there because I believed it was the right school for myself to continue to get better every day as their style of play complements the style which I like to play.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Barking abbey who have been amazing, especially coaches Lloyd Gardner & James Vear. These guys really pushed me every day in practice and individuals to get better The same goes to my previous coaches Martin Parry and Rob Newson who supported me a lot.
“Lastly, my family back home. Never ever would I be here without them and I hope to pay them back in the future.”
Akin averaged 10.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1 steal per game in the EABL this season, before picking up the EABL Final MVP for a 28 point, 14 rebound outing against Charnwood.
Barking Abbey Director of Operations Lloyd Gardner added:
“I am delighted for Dan that he has been able to achieve his dream of a scholarship to the USA. He is a player that came late into the sport and has had a rapid improvement over the past three years.
“I think that UMBC are getting a player that is going to be able to help them straight away but at the same time someone who still has a lot of growth and improvement to come.
“First with his time at Northfleet, and then at Barking Abbey, Dan has shown a great work ethic and I know that will continue on to the next level. I wish him all the best as he gets to work with a great staff at UMBC.”
UMBC compete in the America East Conference, finishing last season with a 21-13 record and falling in the College Insider Tournament semi-finals to end the year.