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April 25, 2011 at 10:10 AM

God’s Gift Achiuwa plans to announce decision this week

God’s Gift Achiuwa will not make any more recruiting trips and plans to choose between Washington, St. John’s and Cincinnati this week, according to Erie (N.Y.) Community College coach Alex Nwora.
Spoke to Nwora this morning and he said it’s going to be a tough decision between the three schools.
“I know he likes coach Lorenzo Romar,” Nwora said. “He likes St. John’s, he likes Cincinnati and he likes Washington, the three schools that he visited. But he liked the coach from Washington.”
Nwora said last week Achiuwa may visit other schools, but today confirmed the 6-foot-8 forward will not consider any other schools. Kentucky was reportedly showing interest recently, but the Wildcats are not in the mix.
“When I went to talk to him to find out which way he is leaning, it was very difficult,” Nwora said. “I know it’s going to come down to those three schools that he visited. I know it will happen this week. He’s got to talk to family members. He’s got to talk to people that he listens to. I’m pretty sure we’ll talk. Then he’ll make a decision and try to move on.
“He’s a very smart kid. I know from talking to him that all three schools, it’s like dead on. I’ve talked to him about what to ask for and what to look for. He’s a smart kid. Any of those schools he decides to go to I’m going to support him and hopefully they can help him get to the NBA.”
Nwora said he has no idea which school Achiuwa might be leaning towards.
“This is a kid who is a very tough kid to read,” Nwora said. “He’s just so smart. When we talk he says: ‘Coach I like this school. I like this school. I connected with the coaches here. I connected with the coaches here. I liked the players here. I got to take my time. Sleep on this. Pray on this.’
“He’s very religious. He’s going to talk to his priest to make sure he has his blessing on what he’s trying to do. And he told me sometime this week I’ll let you know what I’m doing.”
Achiuwa averaged 22.3 points and 11.7 rebounds last season.
The signing period ends May 18.


MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Former Oklahoma recruit Richard Peters has plenty of suitors, including Washington. According to Adam Zangoria the other schools include: Clemson, Tennessee, Memphis, Oregon, Davidson, Georgia, West Virginia, Seton Hall, Marquette, Alabama, Auburn, Washington State, Indiana and Nebraska. Zangoria lists Peters as a 2012 recruit, but the 6-10 Canadian native is hoping to enroll this fall if he achieves a qualifying ACT score.
— Zangoria also reports Washington hosted 2013 recruit Jabari Parker on an unofficial visit last weekend.
— Not sure what the hold up is with Washington and the 2011-12 schedule. Other schools are starting to release next season’s schedule. Kansas unveiled the ’11-12 lineup and the Jayhawks will play at USC in a nonconference game on Dec. 22. The schools played last season and Kansas won 70-68.
Michael Young is expected to be introduced today as the next Washington president. He replaces Mark Emmert who left last year to become the NCAA president.
Bruce Pascoe at the Arizona Daily Star takes another look at the Pac-12 media rights negotiations. He paints a positive picture and writes: “the conference is estimated to bring in an average $220 million or more per year – more than triple the current $60 million deal.
Jon Wilner was less optimistic on the Pac-12’s new deal in a blog last week. He made the point that new additions Utah and Colorado doesn’t necessarily make the 12-team conference more attractive. He also reported anonymous sources said Fox declined a $300 million offer from the Pac-12.

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