Mert Akay might not be a household name to college basketball fans, but the Turkish guard is drawing heavy interest from four big boy programs.
Being featured in the FIBA u18 European Championships has certainly aided in bringing the 6-foot-3 guard more attention, and as he told Evan Daniels, there’s currently four schools focusing in on him. According to the story, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Purdue and St. John’s are all in the mix to bring the guard stateside.
“I have always been a good student and NCAA is the best way to continue education and basketball so that’s why I decide to go to college,” Mert Akay said.
“Yeah, it’s still one of my options,” he added. “I can be a pro or I can go to college. Those are my options.”
A member of the 2019 recruiting class, most reputable recruiting service websites do not yet have a grade on Akay. That’s not because he’s without talent, but due to the fact no one is yet sure if he’ll definitely take the college route or attempt to play professionally.
In the FIBA u18 European Championships event, Akay’s numbers aren’t all that daunting, only averaging 4.6 points, 5.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. Still an incredibly young player, he’s obviously an unfinished product. He is currently most likely known for his ability to create for others.
Nevertheless, he’s a young and talented guard worth keeping an eye on. He could be a great get for any of the four programs mentioned.
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