Emmanuel Akot,, No. 15 in 2018, commits to Arizona

Five-star recruit Emmanuel Akot verbally committed to Sean Miller, Arizona on Thursday.

Five-star recruit Emmanuel Akot verbally committed to Arizona on Thursday, he tells Scout.

“I’m going to Arizona and I picked them because when I went there it was a family atmosphere,” Akot said.

“My parents and I got a real good feel for the university and the coaching staff,” he added. “Their style of player fits me. I can do what I do well. They put players in the NBA and that’s where I want to go and that’s why I’m picking Arizona.”


Akot took an official visit to Arizona on February 25th. He also visited Utah officially on March 2nd. Oregon and Louisville were also on his list of finalists.

“When I went there, I know I really liked it a lot,” Akot said. “When I went to Utah there were some differences and I decided on Arizona.”

Throughout the recruitment, Sean Miller mapped out a plan for Akot and it’s something that he’s ready to buy into.

“He’s very serious guy when it comes to basketball,” Akot said about Miller. “He likes to win and I like to win. I talk to him all the time. My parents really like him. He has big plans for me.”

Akot, a standout at Mt. Pleasant (Utah) Wasatch Academy, is regarded as the No. 15 overall prospect in 2018. Akot is known for his versatility, as he can play all three perimeter positions and potentially guard up to four spots on the floor.

“All their guards, they all get a lot of pick and rolls and create,” Akot said. “[Sean Miller] tells me I might not play the point guard, but I can come off pick and rolls. He really likes my passing and he wants me to come in and find my teammates.”

“He wants me come in and have a big role on the team and put me in the NBA,” he added.

According to Akot, Arizona’s recruitment started last summer, playing for the Utah Prospects and the Wildcats have been aggressive ever since.

“It all started last year in Las Vegas at my last AAU tournament,” Akot said. “Coach Pasternack watched all my games and since then they’ve been on me really hard.”

Playing for Canada in the FIBA u17 World Championships last summer, Akot averaged 9.9 points and 2.9 rebounds through seven games in the event.

Akot marks the first pledge of Arizona’s 2018 class.

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