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Arizona adds five-star Emmanuel Akot to Class of 2017

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 11: Head coach Sean Miller of the Arizona Wildcats celebrates after cutting down a net following the team’s 83-80 victory over the Oregon Ducks to win the championship game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at T-Mobile Arena on March 11, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Emmanuel Akot, a five-star wing that has been committed to Arizona for months, announced on Monday that he will be reclassifying to the Class of 2017 and enrolling at Arizona this offseason.

“My family and I have decided to join the 2017 class and become a member of the Arizona Basketball family,” Akot said.

Akot was considered a top 15 prospect in the Class of 2018, a class that many believe to be significantly weaker than the Class of 2017. At 6-foot-7, he’s a versatile defender with quite a bit of potential that can step out and knock down threes, but he’s also far from a finish product and will likely need time to acclimate to the college level.

That said, he should be able to fill a role on the wing nicely, providing a nice bit of defensive reliance alongside more offensive-minded weapons like Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins.

Akot joins a five-man recruiting class headlined by top four prospect Deandre Ayton and four-star recruits Brandon Randolph and Ira Lee.