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Exclusive: Savior Akuwovo commits to Howard University - Talks about his journey and why he picked Howard

02/19/2018, 8:00pm CST
By Pat Lawless

Akuwovo selects Howard University


Photo: Ian Finnen/Hoop Major

2018 big man Savior Akuwovo has committed to Howard University. The Ranney School (N.J.) standout decided on Howard over St. Peter’s, Robert Morris and Monmouth. Akuwovo is Howard’s fourth commitment for 2018 class as he joins Andre Toure, Ray Bethea and Princewill Anosike. Akuwovo broke down to MADE Hoops a couple of the key reasons why he chose Howard.

“I chose Howard University because I wanted to attend a school with rich academic history,” he said. “I wanted to go somewhere I can compete and play as a freshman. I will also be able to play a great non-conference schedule. Lastly, I wanted to be a part of change and I see that here.”

This decision was based on more than just basketball reasons. Akuwovo found Howard to be an intriguing option for him off the court as well.

“I wanted to go to a school in which I felt I could actually live in the community after graduation,” he told MADE Hoops. “I also wanted to go to a school with a strong alumni base and Howard has that.”

After moving from Nigeria to the United States, Akuwovo enrolled at St. Anthony’s. He began to make a name for himself, but St. Anthony’s closed down his junior year due to financial troubles.

“In the long run this whole journey has been worth it for me,” Akuwovo said. “It wasn’t easy transitioning from Nigeria to St. Anthony’s. St. Anthony’s was a great foundation for me and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to start my high school career. It was very unfortunate that it closed down and I can’t thank them enough for all that they did for me.”

He was happy to land at a place like the Ranney School to close out his high school career before heading to college.

“I was looking for a place to call home and the Ranney School welcomed me with open arms,” said Akuwovo. “Since enrolling I have enjoyed every bit of it from the education to sports and the great people around the school. I have gotten great support from them and people like Terry Dehere and Brian Klatsky. I can’t wait for this next chapter in my life.”

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