Photo credit: Erie Community College
Needing immediate help in the low post, Washington has targeted junior college big man God’s Gift Achiuwa (above).
Landing him won’t be easy because the 6-foot-8 Nigerian forward is quickly becoming the hottest prospect on the recruiting trails. He’s considered the missing piece for teams like the Huskies who are thin in the middle.
According to Adam Zangoria, Achiuwa will visit Cincinnati on April 8.
He also has tentative visits planned for Washington (April 15) and St. John’s (April 21).
St. John’s is said to be the front-runner. The Red Storm and Cincinnati are believed to have offered a scholarship while Kentucky, Iowa Seton Hall, Michigan, Tennessee, Marquette and West Virginia are also reportedly interested.
Achiuwa averaged 22.3 points and 11.7 rebounds at Erie (N.Y.) Community College. He led Erie to a 28-4 record this season and a fourth-place finish in the NJCAA Division II Tournament. In the past two years, Erie is 55-6.
The Huskies have two available scholarships and coach Lorenzo Romar said they are in the market for a big man.
Washington missed on recruits Norvel Pelle (St. John’s) and Angelo Chol (Arizona). The Huskies were also reportedly interested in D.J. Shelton, a 6-9 junior college forwad who recently verbally committed to Washington State.
Shelton has ties to the Huskies and Seattle. His cousin Marlon played at UW and his uncle Lonnie played five years for the Sonics.
Landing Achiuwa might make amends for missing out on Chol, who visited the Huskies days before signing with the Wildcats.
Achiuwa gets lots of attention because of his name, but his game has steadily improved this season. He also appears to be a pretty good student who earned a 3.8 and 4.0 his first two semesters at Erie.
The regular signing period begins April 13 and ends May 18.
April 4, 2011 at 6:43 AM
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