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Arizona lands 5-Star SF Emmanuel Akot

03/09/2017, 3:30pm EST
By Phenom Hoops Report/ Patrick O'Brien

The Arizona Wildcats received a big-time recruiting boost for 2018, as 6-foot-7, 190-pound Emmanuel Akot announced his decision on Thursday.


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The Arizona Wildcats received a big-time recruiting boost for 2018, as 6-foot-7, 190-pound Emmanuel Akot announced that he would be committing to the program.

Akot is the first commitment for the Wildcats for 2018 but certainly makes a huge splash, as the small forward decided between Arizona and Utah on Thursday.

“I would like to start off by thanking God, for without him none of this would be possible I would also like to thank my family, friends, and coaches for helping me become the person I am today.  Thank you to all the schools that recruited me and I wish you all nothing but the best.  I’d also like to thank the Winnigpeg Wolves and Exum Elite AAY programs for helping me develop as a basketball player and providing me with exposure to Division I programs.  I’m blessed to announce that I’ll be committing to the University of Arizona!  Bear Down!”

This young man is simply a lengthy 6’7 small forward that can be used in multiple positions on the court.  His length and wingspan almost makes him hard to stop, no matter if he is attacking the rim or if he is knocking down his outside shot.

Phenom Hoops spoke with Coach Condie, head coach of Wasatch Academy and of Akot, as he talked more about the young man’s decision.

“He made a fantastic decision,” Coach Condie said.  “I think he fits what they want to do with him, I think they fit in what he wants with his career and I think he will be highly successful.”

From a coaches stand point, he can play multiple positions as well as being strong, can defend, can shoot, and has fantastic vision in finding his teammates.  As well with his height at 6’7, he can certainly find openings over defenses.

Coach Condie says that his greatest strength as a player is his basketball IQ; he simply understands moves and the studies the game in-depth.

So how will he fit specifically in the Arizona program?

“They are going to use him like they have done with all their other guys,” Condie said.  “He just fits their system, their style of play, and use his strengths the best they can.”

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