James Akinjo, the former starting point guard for the Georgetown Hoyas, is reportedly interested in returning back to the west coast for basketball, and with that comes the requisite interest in the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Georgetown abruptly announced that Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc would no longer play for the Hoyas yesterday. News later trickled out that LeBlanc has a restraining order against him by a Georgetown student. Akinjo’s name has not been linked to any criminal or civil suits.
Akinjo was a four-star guard out of Richmond, California, who intially committed to the Connecticut Huskies. He pulled out of his commitment a year afterwards and signed with Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas a week later.
Since arriving at Georgetown, Akinjo has averaged 13.4 points, 2.9 assists, 2.9 turnovers, while shooting 35 percent from the floor. He hasn’t been a particularly good shooter from three point range this year, but last season, he shot 39 percent from long range. Most importantly (at least compared to this year), Akinjo shots 81 percent from the free throw line.
Where he sits in all of this for Gonzaga remains to be seen. Akinjo has started 39 of the 40 games he suited up for as a Hoya. Next season, the Zags will have Joel Ayayi and 2020 recruit Dominick Harris in the backcourt. Potentially, they will add five-star 2020 point guard Jalen Suggs to the mix as well, unless he decides to play professionally (or at another college).
That will be the entire backcourt, however. So there is room for Akinjo to arrive and play backup point guard. Most likely, if Suggs decides to attend Gonzaga, him and Ayayi will be the starters, with Harris coming off the bench. Akinjo will give Gonzaga more depth at the point, which is never a bad thing.