Akingbala Signs with Clemson


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Clemson, SC-Clemson Head Coach Larry Shyatt has announced the signing
of the second member of his 2002 freshman signee class. On
Thursday, Shyatt received a signed National letter of Intent from 6-9
forward Akin Akingbala. On Wednesday, Shyatt announced the signing
of 6-2 guard Shawan Robinson of Raleigh, NC.


Akingbala, a native of Lagos, Nigeria, is a senior at The Brunswick
School in Greenwich, CT. He averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and six
blocked shots per game a year ago. He had a high of 11 blocked shots
in a game and shot 68 percent from the field.


Akingbala led his team to a 19-6 record last year and a runner-up
finish in the New England Prep School Championships. The Brunswick
School won the New England Championship his sophomore year.
Akingbala was ranked among the top 100 rising seniors for 2001-02 by
Hoop Scoop this past summer.


"Akin is an athletic and enthusiastic leaper," said Shyatt. "He has
excellent desire, especially on the defensive end where he is an
intimidating shot blocker. His athletic ability on the soccer field
and in basketball is eye-catching. He too fits exactly what we are
looking for in our program. He has excellent academic credentials."


Robinson attends Leesville Road High School in Raleigh and is
considered one of the top players in North Carolina and a top 100
player nationally. He averaged 16 points, five rebounds, five
assists and three steals per game last year.


Robinson is ranked in the top 100 in the nation by All-Star Sports
and by Hoop Scoop. A first-team all-conference player the last two
years, he combined with current Florida State freshman Anthony
Richardson to lead Leesville Road to the state championship game last
year. His father, Darryl Robinson, is the Leesville Road High School
Head Coach.


"Shawan will be a tremendous asset to Clemson University and our
basketball program," said Shyatt. "He comes to us from a wonderful
family and is an excellent student. You can tell he is the son of a
coach.. He is an excellent combo guard who will help us immediately
as a primary ball handler and deep shooter."


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