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OSU men's basketball: Program adds transfer guard from Marquette
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OSU men's basketball: Program adds transfer guard from Marquette

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Dexter Akanno

Dexter Akanno, seen here playing for Blair Academy in 2019, signed with Oregon State after two years at Marquette University. 

Oregon State men’s basketball made an addition with Wednesday’s announcement of the signing of Marquette transfer Dexter Akanno.

A 6-foot-4 guard from Valencia, California, Akanno spent the past two years at Marquette. He redshirted the 2019-20 season and played in 12 games this past season, averaging 0.7 points and 0.6 rebounds in 5.3 minutes per game.

Akanno played at Blair Academy in New Jersey in 2018-19. He was an honorable mention Mid-Atlantic Prep League selection and helped lead the program to the league championship.

“We’re very excited to be adding Dexter to our program,” Beavers coach Wayne 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 skill set 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.”

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.

Akanno joins 6-3 guard Dashawn Davis, 7-2 center Chol Marial, 6-8 forward Ahmad Rand and 6-5 guard Tre’ Williams in Oregon State’s incoming class of 2021-22.

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