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Audio interview: Scout.com’s Gershon breaks down Akot’s commitment to Arizona Wildcats


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Scout.com national recruiting analyst Josh Gershon, who attended Arizona and has a background of covering recruiting as it pertains to the Wildcats, spent a few minutes today at the Pac-12 tournament talking about recent commit Emmanuel Akot.

Josh Gershon

Gershon has extensively observed Akot, a Class of 2018 prospect who plays at Mt. Pleasant (Utah) Wasatch Academy. His scouting of Akot extended to Spain when the budding prospect played for Canada in the FIBA U17 World Championships last summer. Akot averaged 9.9 points and 2.9 rebounds through seven games in the event.

In the audio interview, Gershon touches on Akot’s early commitment (signing period is still eight months away), where he will fit in personnel wise in 2018-19 and who the young prospect reminds of him among past Wildcat small forwards.

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Gershon also offers insight into the recruitment of Class of 2017 five-star wing Brian Bowen, who visited Arizona’s campus at the same time Akot did two weeks ago when the Wildcats hosted UCLA. Gershon said the decision of Bowen, of La Port (Ind.) La Lumiere High School, is down to Arizona and Creighton but Bowen is not in a rush to announce his choice. He explains that in the interview.

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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