Posted On: 02/13/18 3:30 PM
Class of 2018 forward Michael Akinwumi of Parkway West has been one of the most improved post players in the St. Louis area.
The 6’7″ Akinwumi came to Parkway West as a raw, young big with a lot of potential. Through his hard work and persistence, “Big Mike” has enjoyed a productive senior season. He has received an offer from Culver-Stockton and has received interest from school such as Missouri Baptist and North Central.
“My shooting has improved and my post moves have gotten better,” he said. “Since my shot has improved, I’ve had the green light to me more aggressive on offense.”
So far, Akinwumi is averaging 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds a game with 23 blocks, which are all team highs. He is also shooting 56 percent from the field.
Akinwumi enjoyed one of his most productive games of the season last Friday night when he had 25 points and eight rebounds in a victory over Parkway North. He also had 14 points, five rebounds and three blocks in a loss to a powerful Webster Groves team. Akinwumi also had 20 points and eight rebounds in a victory over Rockwood Summit. He had 14 points in a victory over Hillsboro at the Ameritime Classic in a head-to-head battle with 6’8″ Division I prospect Gaven Pinkley.
“Playing against bigger and tougher players, it helps me get better,” he said. “It gives me a taste of what it’s going to be like at the college level next year.”
A big part of Akinwumi’s development was his excellent play during the summer with the St. Louis Shooting Stars, coached by Troy Griffin. He was a constant force as a rebounder and shot blocker while showcasing his improved offensive skills.
“After the AAU season, I felt much more comfortable in the post,” he said. “It helped me in terms of playing faster and running the court better.”