UConn scored a commitment from one of the summer’s biggest stock risers as Class of 2018 point guard James Akinjo pledged to the Huskies on Monday.
The 6-foot-0 guard is considered the No. 113 overall prospect in the Rivals 2018 national rankings as Akinjo just completed an official visit to UConn this weekend.
Playing with the Oakland Soldiers in the Nike EYBL, Akinjo saw his numbers explode this summer at Peach Jam as he helped lead the Soldiers to the title in the event. After putting up decent numbers in the spring (10.1 points, 4.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game), Akinjo averaged 18.8 points, 6.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game during eight games in the toughest tournament in the country.
That solidified Akinjo as a high-major priority and the Huskies are getting a late bloomer who competed at a very high level the past few months. Akinjo is UConn’s first pledge in the Class of 2018 as he’s an important commitment. With the Huskies loading up on mainly frontcourt prospects in the Class of 2017 — including recent St. John’s transfer Sid Wilson — head coach Kevin Ollie desperately needed more guards for the future of his roster.
Akinjo takes care of the need for a lead guard as he’s a solid addition for UConn.