By: Patrick Waring
Just days after picking up his fourth Big East Freshman of the Week Award and being unanimously selected to the Big East All-Freshman Team, Georgetown’s James Akinjo scored big again by being named the Big East Freshman of the Year. Assigned with running Patrick Ewing’s offense from day one, the Oakland, California native played a major role in the Hoyas passing overall and conference win totals from a year ago.
Akinjo averaged 13.4 points, a Big East leading 5.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. His assists average jumped up to 6.0 per game in conference play. The exciting and tough (just ask NBA Star and mentor Damian Lillard) point guard was given the opportunity to play, learn from mistakes and help guide the Hoyas back to meaningful games in March, which will hopefully not end after the Big East Tournament wraps up on Saturday night.
Game Highs This Season
Points – 25 (2) 12/22 vs. Little Rock, 3/9 at Marquette
Assists – 11 1/21 vs. Creighton
Rebounds – 7 (2) 12/15 vs. SMU, 1/15 vs. Marquette
Steals – 5 1/9 at Xavier
Blocks – 1 3/2 vs. Seton Hall
Minutes Played – 47 (2) 1/12 vs. Providence, 3/2 vs. Seton Hall
Akinjo and the Hoyas will be back in action tonight to face Seton Hall in the Big East Tournament Quarterfinals. Coming off of a huge game and win for his team on the road against Marquette, James Akinjo will look to keep things going in the right direction.
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