Five-star big man Akok Akok’s recruitment has just gotten a little more interesting as he is withdrawing from Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut. The 6-foot-10, 195-pound power forward is listed as the top recruit in the state according to 247Sports and the No. 7 power forward in the class of 2019.
Akok is going to spend his time at home working on his SAT so that he can become eligible to play for a school in January.
“Since I have already graduated high school, it makes sense at this point that I study at home for the SAT, which I am taking for the first time on December 1st,” Akok told 247Sports.
Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Connecticut and Providence are his top five schools at the moment. UConn is believed to be the heavy favorite to land him.
The only issue is the Huskies do not have a scholarship to give him. He would have to join as a walk-on and get some assistance until a scholarship frees up next season or someone else on the team would have to get an academic scholarship. This would free up an athletic one for Akok to take. Coach Dan Hurley certainly wouldn’t force a player currently on scholarship to give it up, no matter how good the incoming freshman is expected to be for the team.
Pittsburgh is believed to be the other school Akok is favoring. CBB Today’s own Jake Weingarten believes both programs present favorable situations for the young man.
Put it this way, two of the schools with the best chances of landing Akok are Pittsburgh and UConn.
UConn: New fire under Danny Hurley, have won 5 of first 6 games including a win over Syracuse at MSG.
Pittsburgh: New style under Jeff Capel, excellent depth. 6-0 record. https://t.co/Tf7uIiCLCS
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) November 25, 2018
It looks like we will get a decision on Akok’s future much sooner than expected, as he will have to enroll by the first or second week of January depending on which school he ends up choosing.
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