James Akinjo, a Salesian College Prep alum from North Richmond, is “making basketball fun again for the Hoyas,” according to one sportswriter.
The “6-foot guard James Akinjo is a player that looks like he’s going to make a lot of plays and win a lot of games for them,” Fansided writer Jerran Anderson wrote.
While Akinjo is a freshman and it’s early in the season, Anderson has ample evidence to make that claim.
Last Saturday, for example, Akinjo’s four consecutive free throws in the final 12 seconds preserved Georgetown’s 93-85 win over Campbell. Akinjo finished that game with 17 points, going 6-for-6 at the foul line. Yesterday, he added 13 points in Georgetown’s 90-82 win over Richmond, which improved the Hoyas’ record to 6-1.
In a win over the University of South Florida at the Jamaica Classic on Nov. 18, Akinjo dropped 14 points, including two crucial buckets sending the game into overtime.
Several days before that, he had “19 points, including a key 3-point play, and seven assists” in a 88-80 win over Illinois.
It was little surprise that on Nov. 19, Akinjo was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week.
Stated Anderson: “Georgetown seems to be figuring things out entering Year 2 under head coach Patrick Ewing. He’s got a playmaker in Akinjo, he’ll just need to keep developing players around him.”
Akinjo had planned to play for UConn, but decided against attending the school after its coach was fired. We’re betting the Hoyas are quite happy about that decision.