2018 wing Emmanuel Akot raised his play this weekend at the Magic Memorial event held at Orange (Calif.) Lutheran.
During a pair of viewings, Akot, a 6-foot-6 wing playing for Tim Davis’ Exum Elite, caught our eye as one of the break-out stars of the spring and potentially the summer.
Akot has good size, strength and athleticism for the perimeter position, but he passes much more than just the look test. Akot is skilled and a tremendous passer, both in transition and in the half court.
Offensively, Akot was aggressive and drove the ball to the rim when he had opportunities. He finished well at the basket and consistently looked to make plays in transition, whether that meant scoring or finding an open teammate for an easy basket.
Akot also made a pair of jump shots, as he made a catch-and-shoot three, plus a mid-range pull-up off two dribbles. His mechanics and form are good and he’s tracking as a guy that will be a threat from distance.
To go with his offensive arsenal, Akot has the potential to defend multiple positions and do so quite effectively, as he moves his feet well laterally and possesses good instincts, strength, athleticism and length.
Akot, who moved from Canada to Mt. Pleasant (Utah) Wasatch Academy, holds just four scholarship offers and appears to be flying below the national radar. But that will certainly change in the near future.
With that said, Utah, Oregon, Virginia Tech and Connecticut have laid eyes on him and offered him a scholarship, while UCLA has begun to show interest. At this stage, Utah is the only school that has gotten him to campus.