UVU Picks Up Akron Transfer Emmanuel Olajakpoke

Jun 26, 2019, 11:49 AM
(Photo courtesy of Utah Valley Athletics)...
(Photo courtesy of Utah Valley Athletics)
(Photo courtesy of Utah Valley Athletics)

OREM, Utah – Utah Valley University announced that Akron forward Emmanuel Olajakpoke will join the Wolverine basketball program and will play for UVU this upcoming season.

The Texas native played in 15 games and started in 13 contests as a sophomore for Akron. He averaged 6.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game during the 2017-18 season.

He shot 61 percent from the field and is a good defender as well with 25 blocks and 7 steals.

During his three seasons with Akron, Olajakpoke averaged 2.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game. He will have one season of eligibility remaining.

“Eman is a game changer on both ends of the court,” said UVU head coach Mark Madsen. “On the offensive end, Emmanuel is a strong finisher with a career field goal percentage of over 60%. Defensively, Eman gives new meaning to phrase ‘rim protection.’  In his most recent season he had six blocks in a single game during conference play. Eman is an above the rim player who understands angles and how to stifle the other teams sets. In the classroom, Eman is a conscientious student who will add to every discussion and small group project. He will be a tremendous asset to the Utah Valley program and to this community.  I could not be more excited to Welcome Eman to the Wolverine family.”

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