The potential of Precious Achiuwa fits the modern NBA, but will he last long enough to when the Milwaukee Bucks are on the clock this NBA Draft?
Precious Achiuwa’s dream of playing in the NBA and entering this NBA Draft wouldn’t have been possible without moving halfway around the world.
Born in Nigeria, Achiuwa and his family moved to the United States when Precious was 13 years old and he subsequently took up the game of basketball after having largely played soccer up until then. In many ways, Achiuwa’s journey was only just starting.
Achiuwa went on to play high school basketball in New York, New Jersey and then at Monteverde Academy in Florida for his senior year, all while becoming a five-star recruit and a McDonald’s All-American.
Garnering offers from all sorts of schools around the country, Achiuwa made the decision to go to the University of Memphis to play under former All-Star guard Penny Hardaway.
While Memphis’ season didn’t go as planned, given the turmoil relating to seven-footer and projected lottery pick James Wiseman, Achiuwa admirably stepped up to lead the Tigers and eventually be named the AAC Player of the Year.
Speaking to Bleacher Report’s Matthew Foley in December of last year, Achiuwa knows he is only on the ground floor of his basketball journey:
“I’ve come a very long way,” says Achiuwa, who was born in Nigeria, moved to the Bronx in eighth grade and finished high school at Montverde Academy in Florida. “I’m not done yet. I’m trying to make a name for myself now.”
In his 31 appearances with the Tigers, Achiuwa averaged 15.8 points on .493/.325/.599 shooting splits, 10.8 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 1.1 steals and an assist across 30.4 minutes per contest.
So without further ado, let’s dive into the game of Precious Achiuwa by exploring his strengths and weaknesses, how draft experts currently rate him and examine how he could fit within the Milwaukee Bucks.