Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By ADAM ZAGORIAAkok Akok, who withdrew from Putnam Science (CT) in December and then committed to UConn, will enroll at the school next week and begin practicing with the team but not play games, a source told ZAGSBLOG.
Because he is one year removed from his graduating class, the 6-foot-10 Akok is eligible for the 2019 NBA Draft, but chose to enroll at UConn instead. He is expected to begin playing during the 2019-20 season.
Akok chose UConn over Georgetown, Providence, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
“They said I could come in and be a big contributor,” he said last month, “and that I could change the team and bring the team different places and help them win a national championship.”
The Huskies are 10-7 in Hurley’s first season at the helm after losing to Cincinnati, 74-72, on Saturday.
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.