47 matches with James Akinjo.

Matches in: Nor Cal Basketball

* Vernon Glenn talks with James Akinjo

Comments off 02/13/18, 22:12 kevinmccarthy

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This quotation was posted on Twitter in mid-January and provided grist for the mental mill:

NorCal Star: “Funny, we rank #JamesAkinjo #2 in NOR✯CAL, one of the first services regionally or nationally to recognize him as a high major prospect. Yet now we’re “haters” because we won’t sign off on him as a McDonald’s AA.... (Read more)

* Smoke and possibly fire at UConn

Comments off 01/29/18, 22:14 kevinmccarthy

“NCAA Investigating UConn Men’s Basketball Program; Inquiry Includes Recruitment Of At Least Three Players”—Dom Amore

“…Sources told The Courant the NCAA has already conducted roughly 100 hours of interviews with individuals potentially involved. Those interviews have picked up in pace over the last week or so, and the inquiry includes the recruitment of at least... (Read more)

* Crush In The Valley Nor Cal results

Comments off 01/28/18, 22:16 kevinmccarthy

Whistle 2 Whistle: “Salesian (CA) 86, San Joaquin (CA) 74

James Akinjo had 27pts, 7rbs, 6ast, TeJon Sawyer had 25pts, 6rbs for Salesian. Jalen Green had 25pts, 8rbs, 3ast, Jonah Geron had 24pts, Dameane Douglas had 20pts, 8rbs, 2ast for San Joaquin.”

Whistle 2 Whistle: “Bishop O’Dowd (CA) 65, Clark (CA) 59

Naseem Gaskin leads O’Dowd... (Read more)

* More adulation for James Akinjo

Comments off 01/18/18, 22:11 kevinmccarthy

“Salesian star grading on higher scale”—Darren Sabedra

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* James Akinjo with 35

Comments off 01/16/18, 12:00 kevinmccarthy

“MLK Classic: Salesian, Akinjo too much for Modesto Christian”—Darren Sabedra

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* James Akinjo playing to his fullest

Comments off 01/3/18, 22:10 kevinmccarthy

“James Akinjo’s Historic Run Continues”—CaliHoopBasketball

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Nicholas Podesta: “Best prep PG I’ve seen out here since @brandonjennings . This kid is just getting started.”

Ronnie Flores: “Best two-way guard at @TarkClassic was UConn-bound James Akinjo, who led Salesian (CA) to third place with 24.8 ppg”

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On Saturday, Phil (Franklin High/Western Nebraska) Fayne scored 17 points and grabbed seven boards as Illinois State defeated Evansville 72-66.

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* James Akinjo starting out strong

Comments off 12/17/17, 22:14 kevinmccarthy

“UConn-bound guard doing it all for Salesian”—Mitch Stephens

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Illinois State poured in 101 points Saturday, topping Ole Miss’ 97, as Phil Fayne provided a 16 point, 10 rebound double-double for the victors.

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* Early Gridley Invitational results

Comments off 12/10/17, 22:03 kevinmccarthy

Friday: “Gridley Invitational Basketball Tournament: Host falls to Archbishop Mitty”

Plus,

Champion: Salesian College Preparatory School (Richmond)
2nd Place: Capital Christian High School (Sacramento)
3rd Place: Sheldon High School (Elk Grove)
4th Place: Dublin High School (Dublin)
Consolation: Folsom High School (Folsom)
6th Place: Archbishop Mitty High School (San... (Read more)

In Illinois State’s 65-58 win over Tulsa on Saturday, Phil (Franklin High/Western Nebraska College) Fayne scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

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6-foot-9 Phil (Franklin High/Western Nebraska College) Fayne totaled 14 points plus 10 rebounds in visiting Illinois State’s 69-65 defeat of South Carolina on Thursday.

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Despite receiving 27 points from Phil (Franklin High/Western Nebraska College) Fayne, Illinois State fell 98-87 to Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday.

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* James Akinjo signs Connecticut LOI

Comments off 11/9/17, 22:13 kevinmccarthy

Salesian Prep’s James Akinjo put pen to paper to play for Coach Kevin Ollie next season.

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No, this isn’t a crisis of any sorts. Call it just an observation, but so far just one (Andre Kelly) of the six upper California prep prospects who have declared their college commitments is heading to a school in northern California.

The six are:

James Akinjo, Salesian Prep – Connecticut (California was in his... (Read more)

James Akinjo has selected Connecticut as his school and basketball program of the future, and his choice merits some exploration.

Most reports had Akinjo considering five finalists: UConn, Maryland, Virginia, Iowa State and California (although he took but one official visit and that was to the Nutmeg State this past weekend). It was an eclectic... (Read more)

* James Akinjo announces for Connecticut

Comments off 09/11/17, 22:15 kevinmccarthy

“James Akinjo, Top 100 2018 PG, commits to UConn”—Josh Gershon

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»  Read more in-depth analysis of the basketball recruiting process in my `Recruiting is a Seriously Funny Business’ cornerstone article.

* James Akinjo to hit the Nutmeg State

Comments off 09/6/17, 22:10 kevinmccarthy

#JamesAkinjo of Salesian HS / @Soldiers_Salute will visit UConn 9/14. #PeachJam MVP... (Read more)

“Akinjo leads senior blitz of juniors in NorCal Clash”—Harold Abend

Scroll down a bit after you click on the link.

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* More on the Nor Cal Clash

Comments off 08/28/17, 19:00 kevinmccarthy

Gerry Freitas: “The Class of 2018 (Seniors) blitzed the class of 2019 (Juniors) 124-103 in the 8th annual Nor Cal Clash on Sunday afternoon at Contra Costa College.

Senior James Akinjo of Salesian High lead all scorers with 42 points, setting an all-time record in the Clash. He broke the previous record of 41 set... (Read more)

“James Akinjo BREAKS Aaron Gordon Scoring Record 42 Pts I Sparked by Trash Talking from HS Teammate.

James Akinjo had a slow start to the game until some words were exchanged by a fellow Salesian teammate. After that James could not miss and was able to break the scoring record with 42 held by NBA... (Read more)

* (Nor Cal Clash) 2018s: 124, 2019s: 103

Comments off 08/27/17, 22:12 kevinmccarthy

In the Sunday afternoon Nor Cal Clash, the 2018 class bested the 2019 class 124-103.

Gerry Freitas:

“2017 Nor Cal Clash Player of the Game: James Akinjo of Salesian HS with 43 points (breaking Aaron Gordon’s all-time record of 41).”

Akinjo shot 14-26 overall, 8-14 from long distance and 8-10 at the foul line. He’s... (Read more)

The eighth annual Nor Cal Clash will be held Sunday August 27th at Contra Costa College in San Pablo at 3:00 pm. This one-game event will have elite players from Northern California in the class of 2018 playing against elite players in the class of 2019.

It’s hard time seeing how the 2019 all stars... (Read more)

* A Nor Cal Clash prediction

Comments off 08/14/17, 22:05 kevinmccarthy

Granted,  the folks in Vegas haven’t exactly been burning up my phone line asking about the odds for this or that game.  I’m having a hard time seeing how the 2019 all stars can top their older brethren.

Who in the 2018 class will match up with Jordan Brown and then there’s Andre Kelly right... (Read more)

“Las Vegas: Top 60 Rankings”—Ronnie Flores

#30 Logan Johnson 2018 6’3 G St. Francis (Mountain View, CA/Tyler Johnson Elite)
#38 James Akinjo 2018 6’0 G Salesian (Richmond, CA/Oakland Soldiers)
#44 Jordan Brown 2018 6’10 C Woodcreek (Roseville, CA/Play Hard Play Smart)
#54 Nathan Mensah 2018 6’10 C Prolific Prep (Napa, CA/Coastal... (Read more)

* Cavaliers wooing James Akinjo

Comments off 08/1/17, 22:12 kevinmccarthy

Jeff Borzello  : “Virginia offered four-star point guard James Akinjo last night.”

Don’t see the styles of each as a good match but it’s an ACC offer and that’s impressive.

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»  Read more in-depth analysis of the basketball recruiting process in my Recruiting is a Seriously Funny Business cornerstone article.

“Hardwood Classic: James Akinjo’s recruitment has taken off”—Eric Bossi

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»  Read more in-depth analysis of the basketball recruiting process in my Recruiting is a Seriously Funny Business cornerstone article.

* Indiana University offers James Akinjo

Comments off 07/20/17, 22:00 kevinmccarthy

RachelJ: “Thanks @IndianaMBB for James Akinjo latest scholarship offer”

A chance to play for Archie Miller.

“Man, what a tournament for James Akinjo. The 6-foot-1 junior ran the majority of the circuit as an overlooked floor general, and he used his time in North Augusta to absolutely blow up. Akinjo averaged 18.8 points, 6.8 assists,... (Read more)

* Offers pouring in for James Akinjo

Comments off 07/19/17, 22:00 kevinmccarthy

Jeff Borzello: “Four-star PG James Akinjo added offers from Pittsburgh, Iowa State, Maryland and UNLV today. One of the stars of Peach Jam.”

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»  Read more in-depth analysis of the basketball recruiting process in my Recruiting is a Seriously Funny Business cornerstone article.

“Illinois State Redbirds”—Brad Cavallaro

“Zachary Copeland is a junior college transfer who will add long range shooting and scoring from the wing positions. Listed at 6-4, Copeland averaged 18.7 points per game in junior college, but most notably shot a scorching 47.7% from three. If his shooting can translate immediately, then he will be major... (Read more)

It was pointed out earlier in this space that James Akinjo had the habit of playing well in the first games of each day in the various EYBL tournaments this spring and summer but too often not performing up to his capabilities in second games. This observation did not go over well in certain households.

... (Read more)

* Oakland Soldiers win Peach Jam

Comments off 07/16/17, 22:03 kevinmccarthy

After going 2-1 earlier in the Peach Jam tourney, the Oakland Soldiers fell 81-77 to Cal Supreme Elite on Friday despite James Akinjo going for 17 points and nine assists. Amadou Sow posted a 15 point, 15 rebound double-double.  LINK

Then the Soldiers downed the PSA Cardinals 63-62 as Akinjo provided 28.  LINK

On Saturday,... (Read more)

Hoop Review report on the 2017 Nor Cal Summer Preview
The opening five (hit the link above for many more):

6’0” PG James Akinjo of Salesian HS 2018 (Oakland Soldier 17u EYBL)

Really heady guard, good scorer with pull ups and 3’s, really good shooter from 3, nice change of pace, good passer,... (Read more)

Kevin Sweeney has Phil (Franklin High) Fayne projected to be an all conference honoree this coming season for Illinois State.

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In the not too distant past, we’ve been critical of some recruiting analysts who are just too hyper over certain prospects. This is not knocking the kids who have no control over what is written about them but rather the adults. Now maybe what was written was actually believed, but too often the numbers weren’t bearing... (Read more)

* Oakland Soldiers go 4-0 at the EYBL

Comments off 05/27/17, 15:26 kevinmccarthy

The Nike EYBL was taking place in southern California this weekend:

Game One: Oakland Soldiers 82, All Ohio Red 80 OT
James Akinjo was en fuego with 23 points on on 6-11 overall shooting, 3-5 from long distance and 8-10 at the foul line. He also led with five assists and two steals.
... (Read more)

Friday:

Game One: Meanstreets 76, Oakland Soldiers 63, Taeshon Cherry posted a 19 points, 16 rebound double-double with Amadou Sow tallying 16.
Boxscore   Game report

Saturday:

Game Two: Pro Skills 66, Oakland Soldiers 58, James Akinjo scored 14 points but required 17 shots to do so while Amadou Sow totaled 13 as well as a team-best... (Read more)

Matches in: Nor Cal Basketball

by Kevin McCarthy

What do Junior Ballard, Dylan Belquist, Andre Kelly, Amadou Sow and Junior Toure have in common? As members of the 2018 recruiting class, each decided to attend a D1 four-year college in their home state of California (Cal Poly, USF, California and UC Santa Barbara, respectively). Take out Ballard, Sow and Toure... (Read more)

by Kevin McCarthy

This quotation was posted on Twitter in mid-January and provided grist for the mental mill:

NorCal Star: “Funny, we rank #JamesAkinjo #2 in NOR✯CAL, one of the first services regionally or nationally to recognize him as a high major prospect. Yet now we’re “haters” because we won’t sign off on him as... (Read more)

by Kevin McCarthy

Here are some Nor Cal Basketball ‘honors’ I’d award to a number of the prospects who have signed or committed so far this season:

Biggest Steal
» 6-foot-3  Junior Ballard, Modesto Christian High (Cal Poly)
Ballard should have been a West Coast Conference or Mountain West Conference recruiting target. Look... (Read more)

by Kevin McCarthy

So who in northern California has signed or will be signing during the November 8-15 early period? Prolific Prep’s Jordan Brown remains the biggest catch still swimming in the recruiting pool but plenty of other prospects have made their choice.

They are (in alphabetical order):

6-foot James Akinjo, Salesian Prep (Connecticut)(Read more)

by Kevin McCarthy

James Akinjo has selected Connecticut as his school and basketball program of the future and his choice merits some exploration.

Most reports had Akinjo considering five finalists: UConn, Maryland, Virginia, Iowa State and California (although he took but one official visit and that was to the Nutmeg State this past weekend). It... (Read more)

by Kevin McCarthy

It was pointed out earlier in this space that James Akinjo had the habit of playing well in the first games of each day in the various EYBL tournaments this spring and summer but too often not performing up to his capabilities in second games. This observation did not go over well... (Read more)

by Kevin McCarthy

In the not too distant past, we’ve been critical of some recruiting analysts who are just too hyper over certain prospects. This is not knocking the kids who have no control over what is written about them but rather the adults. Now maybe what was written was actually believed, but too often the... (Read more)

* More on the Paris Austin move to Cal

Comments off 05/18/17, 20:37 kevinmccarthy

by Kevin McCarthy

The Mountain West Conference, especially in its current state, will never be mistaken for the Pac-12 Conference and that will be one of the primary difficulties Paris Austin will come up against with his recent move from Boise State to California.

The Pac-12 features much more skilled individuals and teams as well... (Read more)

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