Atlantic City at Holy Spirit Boys Basketball

Atlantic City’s David Aikens has received an NCAA Division I scholarship offer from St. Francis of Pennsylvania. Aikens and the Vikings debut at No. 3 in The Press Preseason Elite 11.

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Atlantic City senior guard David Aikens has transferred to a prep school in Connecticut.

The 6-foot-2 Aikens enrolled in Putnam Science Academy during winter break, Atlantic City boys basketball coach Gene Allen confirmed Tuesday.

“It’s a good move for him,” Allen said.

Saint Francis of Pennsylvania has offered Aikens a scholarship. But the school wanted the guard to attend a prep school for a year, according to Allen. Putnam boasts one of the nation’s top post-graduate basketball programs. Former Mainland Regional standout center and La Salle University recruit Osun Osunniyi currently attends Putnam.

“This kind of expedited the process,” Allen said.

Atlantic City (3-0) is No. 3 in The Press Elite 11 ranking.

Allen said Aikens spoke to the team before leaving. Aikens averaged eight points this season, but he scored 14 in a 64-55 win over St. Augustine on Dec. 23.

“Am I disappointed he left? Sure I am,” Allen said. “On any given night, he was able to go out and get you 20 (points). But I understand it from his perspective.”

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