WKU announces Akamune, makes recruiting class official

Cole Claybourn

WKU’s 2011 seven-member recruiting class is finally set in stone.

The school on Thursday officially announced the addition of 6-8 forward O’Karo Akamune, a transfer from Eastern Oklahoma State Junior College.

“O’Karo will bring a lot of energy to our program at the forward position,” Head Coach Ken McDonald said in a release. “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.”

Akamune will take the floor as a sophomore and have three years of eligibility at WKU.

He averaged nine points, seven rebounds and four blocks per game at Eastern Oklahoma State. His team finished the 2010-11 season 19-11 but lost in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region II Tournament.

In high school, Akamune averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds per game.

He joins what ESPN.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep called a class with “diversity, size, talent, and swagger.”

“A few of them could easily have signed in bigger leagues, and that’s a testament to the work of this staff,” Telep said in a release. “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.”

The six other members of the 2011 recruiting class are 6-foot-3 guard Derrick Gordon, 6-foot-6 forward George Fant, 6-foot-1 guard Kevin Kaspar, 6-foot-3 guard T.J. Price, 6-foot-5 forward Nigel Snipes and 6-foot-8 forward Vinny Zollo.

McDonald told the Herald earlier this month that previous signee, 6-11 center Deng Leek, didn’t qualify academically and won’t attend WKU this fall.

Leek can attend prep school or opt to play at junior college and try to qualify to play at WKU the following season.