James Akinjo is an American collegiate-level basketball player. Akinjo plays as a point guard for the Baylor Bears of the Big 12 Conference. Overall, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN rated him a four-star rated recruit.
|Full Name||James Akinjo|
|Date Of Birth||November 27, 2000|
|Birth Place||Oakland, California|
|Parent(s)||James Akinjo Sr. (Father) and Monique Divers (Mother)|
|Age||21 years old|
|Height||6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m/185 cm)|
|Weight||86 kg (190 lbs)|
James Akinjo Early Life and Background
James Akinjo was born on November 27, 2000, in Oakland, California. Akinjo is American by nationality and comes from an African-American background. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius and follows the Christian religion.
Akinjo was born to his father, James Akinjo Sr, and Monique Divers. His father served as a basketball standout at McClymonds-Oakland in the ’90s. Akinjo’s early life is not your typical youngster’s life experience. His mother passed because of Leukemia when he was just four. His grandmother, Roberta Stevenson, took him in and raised him.
From early on, Akinjo experienced events most would find traumatizing as he grew up in a crime-ridden Las Delta Housing project. Then, when he was 13, his brother also died.
In addition, he also experienced his family members go to prison, being involved in gang violence, and most of his friends getting murdered. Yet, despite all the negative and traumatizing events, Akino never wavered.
Although he grew up in a harsh environment, he showed interest in basketball from early on and aspired to become a basketball player like Chris Paul. Akinjo attended and graduated from Salesian College Preparatory in Richmond, California. After high school, he attended Georgetown in 2018; however, he transferred to Arizona and then to Baylor University.
James Akinjo Physical Stats
James Akinjo stands at 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m/185 cm) and weighs around 86 kg (190 lbs). Unfortunately, the information is yet to be updated regarding his exact body measurements. However, from his pictures, we can see he has maintained an athletic physique.
James Akinjo Career
High School Highlights
James Akinjo played basketball for the Salesian College Preparatory under coach Bill Mellis. Aspired to be like Chris Paul, his plays led him to be acknowledged as a “basketball prodigy” after being featured in the East Bay Times. Akinjo received such title when he was only 11.
In his senior season, he set an average of 20.7 points and 5.2 assists per game. During his senior year, he led his team to the CIF North Coast Selection Division III title after setting a record of 30-2. In addition, he scored 29 points plus securing a win against St. John Bosco-Bellflower in an MLK Classic.
After graduation, Akinjo sought to attend UConn; however, he reconsidered to Georgetown after the head coach Kevin Ollie was fired. As a four-star recruit, he was ranked No. 71 by Rivals and No. 119 by 247Sports.
On November 19, 2018, James Akinjo averaged 14.3 points and 4.7 assists per game in three games earning his first Big East Conference Freshman of the Week honors. After several matches, Akinjo set a season-high 5 points in a 102-94 victory against Arkansas-Little Rock on December 22, 2018.
The following year on March 9, he matched his career-high 25 points with five three-pointers. The regular season concluded with Akinjo being named Big East Freshman of the Year. In addition, he was a unanimous pick for the Big East All-Freshman Team and set an average of points, 5.2 assists, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game as a freshman.
His sophomore season started against Mount St. Mary, where his team won 81-68. On December 2, he left Georgetown and transferred to Arizona University on January 1, 2020, for his junior season. Akinjo earned the First Team All-Pac-12 honors after setting an average of 15.6 points and 5.4 assists per game.
Later on March 31, 2021, Akinjo declared his name for the 2021 NBA draft with a possibility of returning to school. Then he transferred to Baylor University. Playing for Baylor, he set a career-high 27 points with nine assists and won against Northwestern State. However, Akinjo suffered a tailbone injury which cost him a game.
James Akinjo Love Life and Partner
James Akinjo is a relatively secretive individual. Like most players, he keeps his private matters away and behind the cameras. Despite being an active social media user, his love life is yet a mystery.
As of 2022, Akinjo is believed to be single. Although there is not much information is available regarding his private life, he is very close to his father and grandmother.
James Akinjo Net Worth
James Akinjo has yet to start his professional career. He is currently a collegiate-level basketball player; he does not make money from his games yet. However, his net worth is expected to rise exponentially after his professional career starts.
James Akinjo Social Media
James Akinjo is an active social media user. He is verified on Instagram and goes by @akinjojames3 with 10 k followers. The 21-year-old posts photos of his games, vacation, and experiences.