Arizona Basketball

Emmanuel Akot Ninth Transfer in Sean Miller’s 10 Years at Arizona

Transfers are more common than ever in college basketball, especially the graduate-transfer variety, so make of it what you will about Sean Miller experiencing his ninth transfer by a player — the reported departure of Emmanuel Akot — out of the program since Miller started at Arizona in 2009-10.

Evan Daniels of 247Sports reported through information from a source tonight that Akot, a sophomore forward, has quit the program and will transfer.

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Akot is the first player to transfer from Miller’s program since Justin Simon left for St. John’s after the 2015-16 season.

According to Daniels’ report, Akot plans to leave after the second semester and will have two years of eligibility.

Akot, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound wing prospect, averaged 3.8 points in 19.4 minutes of action this season for the Wildcats. A former five-star prospect out of Mt. Pleasant (Utah) Wasatch Academy, he started 11 of Arizona’s 17 games this season.

He is the third five-star recruit to leave the program prematurely to play elsewhere. Simon was a five-star recruit as was Josiah Turner, who transferred after the 2011-12 season to SMU. Turner would never play for the Mustangs, opting to try a professional career instead.

Here is the list of the players who have transferred out of Arizona (* denotes player transferred after he was dismissed from the program) during the Miller era:

Pos. Name Season Yr. Destination HS stars
PG Lamont Jones 2011-12 Soph. Iona 4
SG Daniel Bejarano 2011-12 Fr. Colorado State 4
PF Sidiki Johnson* 2011-12 Fr. Providence 4
PG Josiah Turner 2011-12 Fr. SMU 5
PF Angelo Chol 2012-13 Soph. San Diego State 4
PF Craig Victor II 2015-16 Fr. LSU 4
SG Elliott Pitts* 2016-17 Jr. Diablo Valley College 3
SG Justin Simon 2016-17 Fr. St. John's 5
SF Emmanuel Akot 2018-19 Soph. To be determined 5
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