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NCAA Grants Baylor’s James Akinjo Waiver to Play Immediately

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The NCAA granted Baylor guard James Akinjo a waiver to play immediately for the 2021-22 season after he transferred from Arizona to the Bears earlier this year.

The waiver was first reported by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman on Wednesday.

As Goodman noted, the 6-foot-1 Akinjo had already played for two programs before arriving at Baylor. He started his collegiate career at Georgetown in 2018-19 where, as a freshman, he earned All-Big East Freshman of the Year honors after scoring 13.4 points and dishing out 5.4 assists per game that season.


He played just seven games the following season, averaging 13.4 points per game, and then transferred to Arizona for the 2020-21 season.  

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With the Wildcats, Akinjo had his best season as a scorer, earning All-Pac 12 honors while scoring 15.6 points per game. He also had 5.4 assists per game.

Akinjo needed the waiver because he had already played for two collegiate programs, The NCAA now allows all student-athletes to transfer once without sitting out.

He joins a Baylor team that is losing guards Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell, MaCio Teague and Mark Vital from last year’s NCAA champions. Akinjo looks like he could be an immediate starter and paired with the returning Adam Flagler as the starting backcourt next season. The return of Matthew Mayer, who passed on the NBA Draft, gives the Bears at least three players that can shoot at least 40 percent from the 3-point line.

Akinjo shot 40.8 percent from the 3-point line last season.  

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