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AS A FRESHMAN IN 2010-11: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2010 graduate of Besant Hill School of Happy Valley in Ojai, Calif. … played for head coach Randy Bertin and was named the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Co-Player of the Year his senior year when he averaged 15.2 ppg, 14.8 rpg and 4.1 bpg … team was 28-3 his senior year and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs ... nominated for All-American team this year ... as a junior helped lead team to CIF Division VI A Championship and averaged 20.4 ppg, 13 rbg and 2.2 apg… was named to the All-CIF first team and won the John Wooden award ... AAU team was Impact Basketball (Pasadena, Calif.).
PERSONAL: Originally from Akonolinga, Cameroon … first language is French (French is the official language of Cameroon) and English is his second language ... parents are Evina Gaston and the late Effa Ngono Cecile … has three siblings, Martial, Ansene and Nicaise … Ansene plays rugby in France … At Happy Valley, he participated in the school variety show and project days … helped renovate an orphanage near his place of birth in Yaounde, Cameroon.
COACH KEATING ON ATANGA: "Yannick has the benefit of being at an unbelievable academic institution where there is a very strict academic regiment. He is surrounded by very high-level students and that has enabled him to develop a level of discipline off the floor that he has carried onto the floor to coincide with his natural competitiveness. He is extremely long, talented and very driven to be good and get better. Like his future teammate and classmate, John McArthur, Yannick will fit in great with our expectations here of getting better every day and improving our program through a level of effort with a great attitude. He is coming off a winning season last year, with a winning program, which is very characteristic of the players we have brought in the last couple years. We look forward to welcoming him to our family as we continue to build our program. We are excited to add Yannick's attitude, energy and enthusiasm with his ability to make others around him better just by appreciating his opportunity to be here in the United States and to further his education."
WHY YANNICK ATANGA CHOSE SANTA CLARA: "I chose Santa Clara because first, I think it's a great school with a great academic program. I also chose it because I can get a good education there and the basketball program fits with what I am looking for. I believe and trust Coach Keating first as a person and as my basketball coach I know he can help me a lot off the court to be a better person."