BOISE—Former Wasatch Academy basketball player Emmanuel Akot is doing what no other graduate of the school has ever done: declaring for the NBA Draft.
Akot, a Canadian forward who played for Wasatch Academy from 2015 to 2018, announced his decision via his personal Twitter account on April 3. Akot is a former player for the Boise State men’s basketball team and was highly impactful in the Broncos’ run to the Mountain West Conference Tournament Championship just this last season.
“I’m extremely grateful to Coach Leon Rice, the coaches and staff of the Boise State basketball program,” Akot wrote on his Twitter. “I would like to thank my teammates for pushing me. The brotherhood we created is something I will never forget. I would also like to thank my family for always being there for me.”
In his senior year at Wasatch Academy, Akot averaged over 17 points and seven rebounds per game. The Tigers went to the national championship tournament twice during his time there.
Former Wasatch Academy head coach Curtis Condie, who coached Akot until his graduation, had nothing but praise for the 23-year-old player. “I think he is a great young man,” Condie said. “He’s going to look at this thing, look at his options and see what is best for his family.”
Akot did not hire an agent as part of his preparation for the Draft, which enables his to preserve his final year of college eligibility. He announced in the same tweet that he has entered the transfer portal and will pursue his final year of eligibility at another school if he ends up taking it.