It didn’t take many evaluations by the Scout staff over the spring and summer to realize that Emmanuel Akot was an elite prospect.
Between his play on the adidas Gauntlet with Exum Elite to watching Akot several times in Zaragoza, Spain with Team Canada at the FIBA u17 World Championships, it was clear that the five-star small forward is one of the nation’s most versatile prospects in 2018.
Akot, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound small forward from Mt. Pleasant (Utah) Wasatch Academy, is a terrific athlete who will be able to defend on the perimeter and against most fours due to his size, length and athleticism.
He’s a very good passer who can both get to the basket and hit jumpers from midrange and three. He plays extremely hard and has a very high ceiling.
“I just know those were four schools I'd really want to go to,” Akot said. “Those schools recruited me pretty hard and prioritized me. They're all really good schools.”
Scout’s 17th ranked prospect in 2018 broke down what he likes about each program.
Utah: “I have a good relationship with the coaching staff. It’s the Pac-12. They'll play me at the point kind of like Delon Wright and I think I can do really well in that role.”
Oregon: “I love the way Oregon plays; there’s a lot of freedom in their offense. They develop players really well and it's also in a great conference in the Pac-12”
Louisville: “Louisville also develops players really well. They use their guards really well and I think I can attack really well in that offense. It’s a great school and in the ACC. Rick Pitino is one of the best and most respected coaches in college basketball. I feel like they can develop into a skilled NBA guard.”
Arizona: “Arizona is a basketball powerhouse. They send players off to the league and that's where I want to go. They have an offense where everyone gets to create and I like that. They have a culture there where they don't like to lose and I hate losing so that's another reason why I like Arizona.”
Akot will take an unofficial visit to Arizona on Oct. 14 and plans on taking an official visit to Utah in January.
“After I take officials to all four schools I'll make my decision,” he said. “So [when I commit] really depends on when I'm done with the officials.”