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4-Star PG Makes Big Decision After School Fires Coach He Committed To

James Akinjo during a high school basketball game.

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UConn is already seeing fallout from Kevin Ollie's firing. James Akinjo, the top player in UConn's 2018 signing class will not play for the Huskies.

Akinjo is a four-star point guard. 247Sports ranks him No. 17 in the class at the position.

He committed to UConn back in September after visiting Storrs. In discussing his decision, he made it clear that Ollie was a major factor, if not the most important one. From Scout:

“I’m going to UConn,” Akinjo said. “I have a great relationship with coach (Kevin) Ollie and it’s the best fit for me. I think I can perform at a high level there.”


“It was very important to me,” Akinjo said of UConn’s early offer. “It showed how much they care about me and the way I play.

“I love (Ollie’s) honesty and how he keeps it real with me. I like how he runs practice and the program in general.”

Without Ollie at UConn, James Akinjo will head elsewhere.

One issue for Akinjo lingers. He signed with UConn back in November.

Shareef O'Neal and Brandon Williams were able to get out of their pledges to Arizona after the ESPN story on Sean Miller broke, because neither signed a National Letter of Intent. Instead, they opted for financial aid agreement papers, which are not binding.

UConn's NCAA issues, which don't seem to be connected to the FBI investigation, broke after Akinjo signed his NLI. The school is now using the investigation as justification to fire Ollie for cause, which should get them out of the guaranteed money owed to the national championship-winning coach.

Hopefully the school does the right thing here, and releases Akinjo from his letter of intent. Otherwise, this story could get uglier form a PR perspective for the Huskies.