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 ZAGORIA
Georgetown transfer James Akinjo has committed to Arizona after visiting the school in mid-December.
“Happy New Year. I’m 1000 percent committed,” he wrote on Instagram.
Akinjo would be eligible in the second semester of the 2020-21 season unless he obtains a waiver that allows him to start next season.
Arizona is expected to lose freshman point guard Nico Mannion to the NBA Draft. Mannion is the projected No. 7 pick, per ESPN.com.
The Big East Freshman of the Year a year ago, Akinjo averaged 13.4 points, 5.1 assists, and 1.3 steals per game in 40 career games at Georgetown.
Akinjo was one of four Georgetown players now transferring from Patrick Ewing’s program after Galen Alexander and Myron Gardner announced their transfer.
A three-star guard coming out of high school, Akinjo was named the MVP of the Peach Jam in 2017 after averaging 18.7 points and 6.7 assists over the course of four days.
LeBLANC CHOOSES LSU
Fellow Georgetown transfer JoshLeBlanc announced his commitment to LSU on Wednesday morning.
During his freshman year at Georgetown, LeBlanc averaged 9.1 points while grabbing down 7.1 rebounds through 33 games of play.
There is no definite timetable, as of now, for when LeBlanc will be eligible to suit up for the Tigers.
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.