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Arizona visits 4-star point guard James Akinjo

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The former UConn signee is a top-100 prospect

The Arizona Wildcats need to add a point guard this offseason, and Monday head coach Sean Miller and assistant coach Mark Phelps visited four-star prospect James Akinjo, per this tweet from his aunt.

The Salesian High School (Richmond, Calif.) product is the No. 95 player in the 2018 class and No. 17 point guard, per 247Sports composite rankings.

Akinjo signed to play for the Connecticut Huskies in November, but was released from his National Letter of Intent earlier in March after Kevin Ollie was fired.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Akinjo has offers from a countless number of schools, including Gonzaga, Cal, Georgetown, Maryland, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia, and Utah.

Akinjo, one of the top uncommitted prospects on the West Coast, led Salesian to a 30-2 record this season. His stats are unavailable, but in January he was averaging 24.8 points, 5.1 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Arizona is only set to return freshman Alex Barcello at point guard in 2018-19 — and it has zero 2018 commits — so Akinjo could compete for a starting job right away. At the very least, he would provide much-needed depth for the Wildcats, who are losing seven scholarship players.

Here are some of Akinjo’s senior highlights:

Arizona is still after four-star point guard Brandon Williams, who is the No. 31 player in his class and decommitted from the UA on March 2, but it is obviously good to have multiple options to turn to.

The Wildcats have also been linked to Maine graduate transfer Aaron Calixte, a 5-foot-11 point guard who averaged 16.9 points per game this past season.


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