Akbar verbals to Cleveland St

8 Nov

The latest Ohio prospect to come off the board to a Division I school, less the twelve hours after the previous commitment, is Dayton Dunbar SF Gary Akbar. Known as one of Ohio’s most versatile, tough, and charismatic swingmen Akbar gave his pledge to Cleveland State today and plans to sign with the Vikings during the spring period once he adds a couple of points to his ACT score.

Kent State and Akron were tough to pass up for one of TDP’s top ranked wings in Ohio’s 2012 class; who also considered offers from Toledo, Rider, and Wright State; but no one could match the familiarity of a school with such a well established Dayton Dunbar pipeline (two other players have signed with Cleveland State in the past ten years, most recently ’06 big man Aaron Pogue). “It’s a place I’m really familiar with,” said Akbar, “I’ve been up there the last four summers with Dunbar for team camp and it’s always felt like a place I could call home.”

A final visit to the school, an official visit last weekend with fellow ’12 commit Malik London of Chillicothe, confirmed what he had been looking for. “I wanted to see how college life feels at whatever school I was going to attend. I wanted a school that could work around my academic goals and was willing to stick with me as I wait to add these points to my ACT score in December. Cleveland State really showed me what I wanted to see.”

Also commenting on the accessibility and comfort with the coaching staff both on and off the court Akbar said that the opportunity to come in a play a role early weighed in his decision. “They’re the only school that really recruited me as SG/SF instead of a SF/PF. Coach said it’s possible for me to come in and start. They think that I can be the best rebounding guard in their league as a freshman, they want me to get at least 8-10 rebounds every night out.”

On a final note Akbar advised fans of Ohio HS basketball to keep an eye on Dayton Dunbar this season. “It’s crazy what we’re going to look like this season. I mean it’s really going to be special. We feel like no one can touch us.”

As mentioned previously, charismatic doesn’t even begin to describe Gary Akbar.

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