2003 Spotlight: Akini Adkins

Akini Adkins, a 6-8 forward from Tallahassee (FL) Leon is a player to watch in the Class of 2003. Adkins is a member of the Tallahassee Wildcats and plays high school ball at Leon High.

Adkins Making A Name For Himself

Maybe the biggest year to notice the improvement of prospects comes in their junior season. If that's the case, Tallahassee (FL) Leon combo forward Akini Adkins is poised for a big season.

Adkins, a 6-8, 200 pound forward, had a nice Charlie Weber event when the Wildcats placed second to the Tim Thomas Playaz. He's improved his outside touch and plays with intensity. Last year at Florida High, he averaged 12 points a night, a number that is going to go up this season.

"I was just learning last year," Adkins said. "Now I know what it's all about. I'll be much better this year." During the September period, Florida State and Florida sent assistant coaches to look at him. Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and a number of other programs said they'd be by to watch him during the school year. He also likes North Carolina and Wake Forest but there's room for plenty of others on his list.

Adkins' improvement came on the heels of what he thought was a good but not great summer. "I didn't play the whole summer," Adkins said. "I didn't think I played good in the summer except for the end and during the state AAU's."

He played in College Park in September and had a big Weber championship game. He displayed the skill set of a high-major player, good athleticism and wasn't about to back down to the challenge. This is a young man who plays hard and with consistent intensity. He's on the verge of breaking out and fulfilling his promise and there will be plenty of college coaches with him on the ride.

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