BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU head men's basketball coach Ken McDonald announced Thursday the addition of junior college forward O'Karo Akamune to the Hilltopper basketball team in preparation for the upcoming 2011-12 campaign.
Akamune, a 6-8 forward who hails from Miami, Fla., played his high school basketball at Everglades High School. He spent last season at Eastern Oklahoma State Junior College in Wilburton, Okla.
While at Eastern Oklahoma State, Akamune averaged nine points, seven rebounds and four blocks per game. The Mountaineers finished the 2010-11 season with a 19-11 record after bowing out in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region II Tournament.
In high school, Akamune averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Akamune will have three years of eligibility at WKU.
McDonald on Akamune:
"O'Karo will bring a lot of energy to our program at the forward position. He is a wonderful, high-character kid, and he shows a tremendous amount of maturity even as just a sophomore. He has a lot of potential, and his best days on the court are ahead of him."
With the addition of Akamune, WKU's crop of newcomers on the 2011-12 roster stands at seven. Akamune joins a highly-touted group of signees, including George Fant (F, 6-6, 220, Bowling Green, Ky.), Derrick Gordon (G, 6-3, 185, Plainfield, N.J.), Kevin Kaspar (G, 6-1, 175, Henderson, Nev.), T.J. Price (G, 6-3, 210, Slidell, La.), Nigel Snipes (F, 6-5, 185, Marietta, Ga.) and Vinny Zollo (F, 6-8, 230, Winchester, Ky.).
"[WKU] sliced off a few players from the top of our mid-major best players list," ESPN.com's senior basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep said. "A few of them could easily have signed in bigger leagues, and that's a testament to the work of this staff. This is the kind of class with talent and depth that is a foundation for multiple title runs in the Sun Belt and future NCAA runs. They have diversity, size, talent and swagger.
"To build around George Fant and Derrick Gordon will be exciting for WKU. Gordon's that guy who wants and is good enough to be the face of a program, and he'll be a kid who helps the staff attract talent. It's a deep group and the hope is once they get used to the rhythm of a college program, they compete against each other for minutes and strengthen the depth of the team."
More information about the upcoming 2011-12 season, including the schedule, will be released in the coming weeks.