Dexter Akanno Joins Oregon State Men’s Basketball Program
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle and his staff announced Wednesday the addition of Dexter Akanno who signed a Financial Aid Agreement to join the Beaver basketball program beginning with the 2021-22 season.
Akanno, a 6-foot-4 guard from Valencia, Calif., joins 6-foot-3 guard Dashawn Davis, 7-foot-2 center Chol Marial, 6-foot-8 forward Ahmad Rand and 6-foot-5 guard Tre' Williams in the class of 2021-22.
"We're very excited to be adding Dexter to our program," Tinkle said. "He's a great kid from a wonderful family that we feel has a ton of potential on and off the court. He's a physically-imposing guard with a very good skillset with the versatility and toughness to play multiple positions
"He really blossomed at Blair Academy but suffered through some COVID complications last season at Marquette. He is healthy now and ready to go. His best basketball is in front of him and we are thrilled to have him with us."
Akanno attended Marquette University the last two years. He redshirted the 2019-20 season and played in 12 games this past season, while averaging 0.7 points and 0.6 rebounds in 5.3 minutes per game.
He prepped at Blair Academy in New Jersey in 2018-19, was an honorable mention Mid-Atlantic Prep League selection and helped lead the program to the league championship.
As a senior at Valencia High School, Akanno averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists and was selected to the All-Santa Clara Valley First Team. He averaged a team-best 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists as a junior and was named the Foothill League Co-Player of the Year. He led the Vikings to the semifinals of the CIF-SS Division 2A playoffs in 2018 and to a share of the league title in 2017.
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).