Harlan’s Jordan Akal gets several D1 looks

The phone calls put him one step closer to his dream of playing college basketball.
Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 10:42 PM EDT
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HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - From a young age, Jordan Akal always had a basketball in his hands.

“He would dribble the basketball in the kitchen when he was like three or four. There would be balls going everywhere and you know his mother would say you’re gonna break the dishes and I would say well we will just buy new ones. You know so ever since he was little he just always loved to play,” said Jordan’s dad and Coach, Derrick Akal.

Now entering his junior year at Harlan High School, not much has changed.

“Pretty much when I came out of the womb. No, actually I’ve been playing since I was like 7 or 6. I started liking it a lot my dad was teaching me and I just fell in love with it,” said point guard, Jordan Akal.

On June 15, schools were allowed to contact the class of 2022 prospects. Akal received calls from WKU, Northern Kentucky University and Youngstown State University.

“Well, it was exciting. You know obviously when someone wants you or any university it’s a good feeling. As I told him there’s a long way to go, this is just the start of this process so make sure you stay humble and thankful,” Derrick added.

“They said that they want me they want to get me familiar with the school and stuff and they would love to have me, they would love to meet my family, stuff like that,” said Jordan.

The phone calls put him one step closer to his dream of playing college basketball.

“That means a lot to me. I’m like really thankful for that because you know some people don’t get them opportunities so like it excites me. I’m kinda nervous, but I’m very excited,” Jordan added.

Akal said he received calls from Morehead State, Clemson, and West Virginia in March.

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