James Akinjo Immediately Eligible to Play at Baylor

James Akinjo

Last month I wrote about Baylor Men’s Basketball’s exciting collection of grad transfers arriving on campus after the departure of former stars Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell, and MaCio Teague to the NBA Draft. James Akinjo is coming (going? Why do I write like I’m currently in Texas?) to Waco from Arizona after his third year of eligibility. He played his first two years at Georgetown before transferring to the Wildcats and then to Baylor for this upcoming season and with two years left. Today, Assistant Coach Alvin Brooks tweeted a video showing him announcing to Akinjo that he thankfully recently received a waiver from the NCAA granting him immediate eligibility to play for the Bears in 2021! Because Akinjo transferred twice in his career already, he required a waiver in order to play for Baylor this year. According to Baylor Athletics’ Jerry Hill (papa), Akinjo earned “All-Pac 12 First Team honors after leading the Wildcats to a 17-9 record. He ranked second in the Pac-12 in assists per game (5.4), 11th in points per game (15.6), seventh in 3-point percentage (.408), fifth in 3-pointers made per game (2.0), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.35), ninth in free throw percentage (.819), seventh in steals per game (1.4) and third in minutes per game (34.9).” When he was at Georgetown, Akinjo was named “2019 Big East Freshman of the Year and selected to the Big East All-Freshman Team.” The Bears are returning incredible athletes such as Matthew Mayer (I just wrote in this post about how he rescinded his decision to declare for the Draft this year!), Johnathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, Adam Flagler, Flo Thamba and LJ Cryer—most of whom made the five-man rotation during the most important game times. James Akinjo alongside fellow transfer Dale Bonner will be a crucial asset to the defending National Champions in this upcoming season!