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April 19, 2011 at 7:23 AM

God’s Gift Achiuwa likes UW, still plans to visit St. John’s

Washington hosted junior college all-American God’s Gift Achiuwa over the weekend and the 6-foot-9 forward told his coach he enjoyed the visit.
“He said the campus was great,” said Erie (NY) Community College coach Alex Nwora. “He liked the team. They have a good program. I didn’t really talk to him in detail about the visit, but we’ll do that this week.”
Achiuwa visited Cincinnati and plans to take a trip to St. John’s this weekend. He’ll sit down with Nwora next week and decide whether to visit more schools or decide between the three leading candidates. Rhode Island and Charlotte have made recent bids to get Achiuwa for a visit.
According to Nwora, Cincinnati is still very much in the picture, but he was unable to rank where each
“Being a foreign student, he has to see the school to compare,” Nwora said. “He can not just go on what he thinks he knows. He wants to know what he’s getting into before he signs with anybody.”
Achiuwa has resided on the East Coast since he arrived to the United States, but he would have no problems going to school on the West Coast.
“He’s from Nigeria,” Nwora said. “Home is Nigeria so anything else is not that far when you think of it like that. He’s got to go where he’s needed and where he can definitely be on the floor and where he can be used. He has only two years to play this game in college so he has to make sure wherever he goes it’s the right move for him.”
Achiuwa averaged 22.3 points and 11.7 rebounds last season and led ECC to a 28-4 record.
“He’s a great kid,” Nwora said. “Very coachable kid. Very hard working. He’s one of the hardest working kids I’ve ever coached.
“He was an All-American his first year and everybody was on him. People assumed he might be going pro from JUCO, but I think he’s not ready for that yet. He needs to play in college and play at that level to get polished more before he can move on to the NBA.
“You can look at his stats. He averages 23 points and 12 rebounds. He can block shots well. He runs the floor well in our system. … He needs to be coached one or two more years to really become that player that he wants to be. He does a lot of stuff well and if he keeps working on it, he can really be above average.”

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