MORAGA, Calif. -- Richmond (Calif.) Salesian 2018 guard James Akinjo impressed in front of multiple Division I coaches on Jan. 16, at Concord (Calif.) De La Salle's annual MLK Classic. For the first time in years, the invitational shifted from California's Haas Pavilion to St. Mary's McKeon Pavilion, but that didn't stop Bears assistant Wyking Jones from attending, and watching intently, alongside coaches from Santa Clara and Nevada.
Akinjo dominated Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, scoring 29 points as the only player on either team to score in double digits, and earning game MVP honors in the 45-36 win over the Braves.
The four-star Akinjo, at 5-foot-11, has offers from Colorado, Texas A&M, San Jose State and Montana, but Cal is very interested, as well, after watching him during camp this summer. Akinjo wasn't shy about being physical, and his toughness is an attribute prized by Bears head coach Cuonzo Martin. Akinjo went to the rim with regularity, drawing hard fouls and sinking over half of his tries at the free throw line. He also showed great touch from the outside, and while he played a bit wild at times, he always maintained a measure of control, even when it wasn't apparent.