Big Man Has 7 On List

Akini Adkins, a 6-10, 195-pound power forward/center from Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida, has seven schools near the top of his list. But there are two that appear to be the strongest, according to his adopted father, John Adkins.
Adkins, who coaches the Tallahassee Wildcats, told us tht Alabama and Florida State are the two top schools in the recruiting race. "He wants to stay close to home," Adkins said. "But maybe not Tallahassee close."
Adkins told us that a decision could be made before the July evaluation period heats up. "It probably won't be too much after the July period ends," Adkins said. "But it could happen before that."
Adkins said Cincinnati, Connecticut, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, and Tennessee are all still being considered seriously. "Anything can happen," Adkins said. "Akini hasn't closed his list. He's still open."
Akins averaged 15 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.1 rebounds per game during his junior season. "He has to get stronger," Adkins said. "He has to add weight. He has added some since he got here. He used to be 175 pounds."
Akini is now 195 pounds but still needs to add some weight and strength to his frame to be a great player on the college level.