Video: James Akinjo Nike EYBL highlights

  • 08/04/2017 7:16 am in

Class of 2018 Salesian (Ca.) and Oakland Soldiers point guard James Akinjo was one of the stars of last month’s Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) finals at the Peach Jam.

Akinjo averaged 18.7 points and 6.7 assists to lead the Soldiers to the Peach Jam title. A scholarship offer from the Indiana coaching staff followed shortly after and Akinjo said last month that he plans on taking an official visit to Bloomington.

We’ve compiled more than 90 seconds of highlights of Akinjo’s play from the EYBL circuit below:

(Photo credit: Jon Lopez/Nike)

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  • RDD#76

    Let’s hope the crystal ball is correct this time.

  • papawglen

    All his shots are wide open. Terrible defense being played.

  • VOXAC30

    I’m not sure about AK it could be that he knows his spots and where he is supposed to be which allowed him to get the open shot which would make him a smart kid. When he drove the ball it was to the left and it looked like he stayed away from contact and he does not seems to that burst speed. Although he looked in control, knew where the ball was and where to be when the ball was rebounded but in a 90 second video it is hard to judge but I would guess this is one smart and savvy kid that uses his brains over athleticism. If Arch wants him then he has his reasons…. I’m just a hack with a keyboard.

  • Milton H. Williams

    Kinda reminds me of a slightly, lesser skilled Yogi.. Coming out of HS.

  • Outoftheloop

    Even with Romeo IU still needs a PG for the next 3-4 years. Phinisee or Akinjo look like the two best, maybe Duke, Devoe, Hinton on the out side. Then Drost, or the 6’10 forward from PA. That would make an excellent 2018 class.

  • Arch Puddington

    Actually, it would be helpful for me if you did say a bit more. 24/7 crystal ball still has Louisville as the favorite. Am I missing something?

  • Arch Puddington

    Well, I hope he’s right.

  • hardly

    are there not a couple guys on the current roster that could fill that role for the next 3 years? or maybe you mean 3-4 years from ’18.

  • Donnie Vick

    It seems to me our biggest need remaining for ’18 is not PG but a PF or C. Green I believe will be our PG when Newkirk graduates. Green showed some real flashes last year. I think it will also be interesting to see how CuJo progresses. I don’t think he’ll be a PG for us, but if we could find the CuJo that played against KU, we’d be OK for the next couple of years in the backcourt.

  • Ole Man

    Garland. He’s at least a two year player and he’s the best of the best. Makes Phinisee and Akinjo look like JVs; and that’s not a slam on them.

  • iugradmark

    I think it is very hard to tell much from these short clips and all star games. It probably is even more difficult to assess someone that is a point guard. Most of these games are setup to showcase scoring. Not a lot of defense or great passing being featured. Not sure we pursue James if Robert signs. Would be interesting if James decided first what the coaches will do. I still think they hold one for Romeo, use one on a point, and use one on a forward (since bigs are just not available).

  • Indiana_Banners

    Garland is great and I want him as well but he’ll almost certainly have the option of being a one-year player if he wants.

  • Outoftheloop

    But weak IU interest.

  • Outoftheloop

    Not as a “pure” PG.

  • SCHoosier

    The more I see of this kid the better I like him. RP..make up your mind please.

  • hardly

    ya – that’s a fair assessment of the current guys. I was hoping one of the current guys would make the transition, because if they want to play at the next level, they’re going to need to be a PG.

  • TomJameson

    Yeah, Garland can easily be a one-and-done. I would say a two year guy at most.