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By ADAM ZAGORIAAkok Akok, the 6-foot-9 power forward from Putnam Science Academy (CT), has cut his list to five schools and set official visits, according to a report from 247Sports.com.
He is down to UConn, Georgetown, Pittsburgh Providence and Syracuse.
He will visit Providence (Sept. 28), Georgetown (Oct. 6), UConn (Oct. 13), Syracuse (Oct. 20) and Pittsburgh (Oct. 23).
Earlier this year he broke down several of his top options.
UConn: ‘They have a great in Dan Hurley and with Jalen Adams coming back next year, I feel like they could be strong next year. I’ve known [Coach Hurley] for a long time. He offered me when he was at Rhode Island.”
Syracuse: “Gerry [McNamara] and [Jim] Boeheim are recruiting me. They said that coming in I would play a lot and they feel like I would play good in their zone defense.”
Providence: “Coach [Brian] Blaney and Ed Cooley been recruiting me since last year. I took a couple visits up there, a couple unofficials, and I liked it. They said that I would be a very versatile player who would do a lot of different things for them on the court.”
Georgetown: “Everybody knows about Patrick Ewing, what he’s done,” he said.
Said Putnam Science assistant Josh Scraba: “Akok has one of the most unique skillsets of any prospect in the country. He is an elite shot-blocker and an elite 3-point shooter. As he develops the ability to create his own shot and take guys off the dribble I see no reason he will not be considered a top 25 prospect in the Class of 2019.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.