Emmanuel Akot

Breaking down game of Top 15 2018 Arizona SF commit Emmanuel Akot

Arizona landed Scout's 15th ranked 2018 prospect in Emmanuel Akot. What kind of player are the Wildcats getting in the versatile small forward?

Arizona just landed a big commitment, as 6-foot-7, 190-pound Mt. Pleasant (Utah) Wasatch Academy five-star small forward Emmanuel Akot has pledged to the Wildcats.

Scout’s 15th ranked prospect in the 2018 class, Akot is an athletic and versatile player who will be able to guard multiple positions at the next level.

He’s 6-foot-7 in shoes with a 6-foot-9 wingspan, is very athletic with the lateral quickness to guard multiple spots on the perimeter, can really pass it and rebounds well.

While Akot’s release is inconsistent, he’s a capable shooter. Per DraftExpress, he shot 6 of 9 from three for 66.7% at the 2016 FIBA u17 World Championships with Canada, while he was 6 of 13 from three for 46.2% on the 2016 adidas Gauntlet circuit with Exum Elite.

Now, Akot’s usually not that consistent of a shooter, but those numbers prove he’s a more than capable of hitting shots and he has the stroke to keep getting better there.

Even if his shot isn’t falling, Akot’s ball skills and athleticism help him off the bounce as he’s a very good slasher, who can either convert lay-ups or draw contact and get to the foul line.

What makes Akot especially difficult to guard on offense is that he’s not just a slasher who can hit shots, but he’s an extremely good passer, who will remind Arizona fans of Andre Iguodala with his vision at the small forward position.


Akot’s biggest upside may be on defense. He’s got high level lateral quickness with the size and length to guard pretty much all threes, most fours and some twos. He gives Arizona an athletic defender that it has been missing since Rondae Hollis-Jefferson departed for the NBA.

The five-star prospect’s ascension up the national rankings has been fast. Scout first watched Akot as a sophomore at the Tarkanian Classic in in Las Vegas in December of 2015 and he was an athletic forward who could pass who showed upside.

Watching him again in April of 2016 with Exum Elite in Atlanta playing in the 16u division in the adidas Gauntlet, it was clear that Akot was a high major prospect who needed to be ranked.

Scout watched Akot at the Magic Memorial Tournament in Southern California the next month and he again took his game to the next level. His jumper looked smoother and he impacted the game with his motor, slashing and rebounding in ways he hadn’t before.

In June of 2016, Scout traveled to Zaragoza, Spain to watch Akot in the FIBA u17 World Championships, playing for his home country of Canada. The 9.9 points and 2.9 rebounds he averaged in that event don’t do his play justice, as he shot 66.7% from three, 56.3% from two and had a PER of 24.7, per DraftExpress. It was clear he was an elite prospect.

Throughout his junior season, in multiple viewings Akot has proven his status as a Top 15 player who has the upside to keep moving up that list. There’s not much missing from his game and with continued development he’s a player with the chance to make a lot of money playing basketball.

This is a big commitment for Arizona and terrific start for Sean Miller and staff’s 2018 class.

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