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God's Gift chooses St. John's over UW


by: Griffin Bennett

That’s it folks. The rumors from yesterday appeared to be more than that. God’s Gift Achiuwa has committed to St. John’s. St. John’s coach Steve Lavin has already commented on God’s Gift by saying, “Gift is a talented frontline player who possesses tremendous size, strength, speed and skill. He is an ideal fit for our baseline-to-baseline attacking style of play.” By Lavin commenting on his player, that indicates that GG has already signed a letter of intent this morning with the Johnnies.

I’m starting to get that “always a bridesmaid, never a a bride” feeling. I guess we just have to shrug this one off, stop painting our purple and gold God’s Gift signs and hang up our Jesus costumes with it’s purple robe. To be honest, I really wanted him for his name more than his skills. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

What’s Next:

We’ve got four options left:

  1. Richard Peters: The former Oklahoma commit has UW atop his list and is waiting for his ACT scores to come in before he can visit and commit. He probably has the highest chance of landing with the team next Fall.
  2. Wally Judge: He has a visit scheduled with UW in the upcoming weeks but the former All-American Kansas State Wildcat will be forced to sit out the entire 2011/12 season so there will be no immediate post-help from this kid.
  3. Vashil Fernandez: The 6’11 center from Jamaica is on the Huskies list, but he is a raw talent like Aziz and would really benefit from a red-shirt year in 2011/12. Since we’re looking for immediate help, this probably isn’t the answer.
  4. Europeans: They’re unknown but plentiful. No one ever has names but everyone knows that they are out there. If Coach Chill or Romar have some good over seas connections, you can always be introduced to a solid prospect who could help immediately.

Other than these names, I haven’t heard of anyone else on UW’s radar. Obviously someone else might come along late, but there aren’t many matches are left. Keep in mind that UW still has 2 scholarships available and if it can only land one player, I wouldn’t be surprised if Romar kept it in his pocket for next year.

All for now. Bow Down.