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A Closer Look: Akok Akok

Akok Akok will take a closer look at a number of key PC recruiting targets throughout the offseason. Our staff will also continue to provide updates on prospects that have been previously featured.

Prospect: Akok Akok

Position: Power Forward

School: Putnam Science Academy

AAU Program: Mass Rivals

Class: 2019


Akok Akok is a unique talent among “stretch” power forwards in that he owns both an exceptional outside shot and superior shot blocking ability. Very few prospects possess his combination of long range shooting and rim protection. It’s a combination that has him currently ranked as the top rated player in New England’s Class of 2019.

A good athlete, Akok has tremendous upside as both a shot blocker and rebounder thanks to his ability to get off the floor so quickly. He could be the best rim protector in the 2019 class. In addition to his shotblocking and outside shooting skills, Akok runs the court well.

This past season Akok had a breakout year at Putnam Science Academy, leading them to the National Prep School Championship, as they finished the season with 24 straight victories.

What Others are Saying:

ESPN says that Akok “is a new-age style of four-man who has a combination of bounce and touch that allows him to both protect the rim defensively while simultaneously stretching the floor offensively. He’s as long as he is athletic with a 7-foot-1 wingspan and is as quick off his feet as a leaper as he is high. He’s also very mobile so he covers the court well, is quick to the ball, and has a developing first step when facing the basket. Defensively, he’s an elite rim protector because he’s a quick leaper with very good timing. That quick bounce also gives him potential as a finisher but right now his primary value offensively is as a shooter with a high and soft release that requires him to need very little separation.”

The New England Recruiting Report says “it’s Akok’s unique combination of length, skill, and athleticism that makes him so unique as he’s only continued to evolve into a more dangerous floor spacer and three-point shooter while simultaneously asserting himself as a major defensive presence with his ability to protect the rim.”

The Competition:

As he has  continued to improve over the course of the winter Akok has become an increasingly hot commodity with high major programs. Besides the Friars, Akok is being pursued by Louisville, Syracuse, Connecticut, and North Carolina State among others.

The Bottom Line:

Akok is one of Ed Cooley’s primary recruiting targets in the Class of 2019. He has shown a lot of interest in Providence and has been on campus several times. The PC staff will be following his Mass Rivals bunch throughout the spring and summer. Expect Providence to be highly competitive in his recruitment.

Mixtape Time:

Here are some more highlight videos of Akok in action:

A full game replay of Putnam Science’s victory over Northfield Mount Hermon in the National Prep School Championship:



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