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UConn Lands 2018 Point Guard James Akinjo

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James Akinjo, the 6-foot point guard from Salesian (CA) High School, committed to UConn on Monday, per Scout. Akinjo’s commitment comes just a few days after his first and only official visit to UConn this past weekend (Sept. 8).

“I’m going to UConn,” Akinjo said. “I have a great relationship with coach [Kevin] Ollie and it’s the best fit for me. I think I can perform at a high level there.”

According to 247Sports, Akinjo is ranked as the No. 105 overall player in the Class of 2018 and the No. 11 player from the state of California.

Akinjo first received an offer from UConn back in May and it was clear that the early offer was a big part of his decision, as he said, “It was very important to me,” Akinjo said of UConn’s early offer. “It showed how much they care about me and the way I play.”

This summer, playing with the Oakland Soldiers on the Nike EYBL, Akinjo helped lead his team to a Peach Jam Title, adding 17 points and 5 assists in the title game.

“I fit in well there,” he said. “I’m a guard who can get up and down the floor and pressure the ball well. I expect to come in, play early and win a lot of games.”

Joining Akinjo on his official visit to UConn this past weekend was 2018 power forward Dimon Carrigan, who is also considering Clemson, Georgia Tech, Houston, Miami, Syracuse, Texas and Wichita State, and taking an official visit to Houston later this month (Sept. 23).

In addition to taking home a Peach Jam title, Akinjo had a tremendous summer, most recently taking home MVP honors at the NorCal Clash and scoring 43 points in the game.

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