Summer, 2006: Travelled to Denmark and Sweden playing basketball exhibition games with the East Coast All-Star team.
As a Senior in 2005-06: Sat out the 2005-06 season as a redshirt ... accompanied the team to Australia in August, 2005 where he averaged 8.6 points and 9.3 rebounds and shot .425 (17-40) from the field against Australian professional teams.
As a Junior in 2004-05: Scored his first basket of the season and had his career-high 2 blocks vs. Towson (12-18-04) made his first career start vs. Dayton (1-30-05) also started and grabbed 4 rebs. @ Temple (2-5-05) started and blocked 2 shots vs. Richmond (2-12-05) started and hit 2-3 FGs vs. Fordham (2-16-05) started and grabbed 3 rebs. vs. Duquesne (2-19-05) scored his career-high 8 pts. on 4-4 FGs @ Xavier (2-23-05) ... Averaged 8.6 ppg during the five-game Australian exhibition tour in August.
Summer 2004: Worked as a camp counselor at GW's Summer Camp for kids.
As a Sophomore in 2003-04: One of GW's two non-scholarship players averaged 3.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg in two preseason exhibitions appeared in BB&T Classic final vs. #17 Gonzaga (12/7/03) grabbed a rebound in 3 min. at Richmond (1/31/04)
As a Freshman in 2002-03: Appeared in both preseason exhibitions logging a total of 25 minutes... shot 4-6 FTs in preseason with four rebounds, a block, steal and assist... made his only FG attempt and had a steal at #14 UConn (11/25/02)... hit a hook shot at Towson (12/22/02)... made his only FG attempt with a steal at Binghamton (12/30/02)... grabbed season-high five rebs. at La Salle (1/11/03).
High School: Attended Bladensburg High School where he averaged 13 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks per game as a senior... named Most Improved Player and Best Defensive Player for the Mustangs under coach Deo Djossou...Student Government Association President who graduated with a 4.17 GPA) and was on the Principal's Advisory Committee and the yearbook committee.
Personal: Born June 5, 1984 in Nigeria ... full name is Ayodokun Samuel Akingbade (pronounced "DOE-koon AH-kin-BOD-eh") ... son of Johnson and Christiana Akingbade ... has five siblings Dola (33), Dotun (32), Buky (30), Nife (29) and Jimi (28) ... criminal justice major.
Men's Basketball Hands Out Awards at Team Banquet
In addition to everything he does for the team defensively, Watanabe has turned in his finest season offensively, leading the team in scoring, three-point...
Men's Basketball Falls Short at Dayton, 88-78
DAYTON, Ohio -- On Saturday afternoon at UD Arena, the GW men’s basketball team and Dayton Flyers entered their matchup with identical conference...
A Fitting End
Yuta Watanabe figured he’d shed a few tears on Senior Night, but the GW guard believed he’d be able to fend them off until the postgame locker...
Watanabe Makes Senior Night His Night in GW Win
WASHINGTON -- It was Senior Night on Wednesday at the Charles E. Smith Center and with all due respect to grad transfers Patrick Steeves and Bo Zeigler,...
United by Hoops
Visitors to the on-campus apartment shared by GW seniors Jack Granger, Patrick Steeves, Yuta Watanabe and Bo Zeigler, are greeted by the Stars and Stripes...
Men's Basketball Falls at Saint Louis, 62-53
SAINT LOUIS -- After finding its footing offensively in a recent five-game stretch that had produced four victories and an average of 82.2 points per game,...
Men's Basketball Visits Saint Louis
TIPPING OFF: The streaking GW men’s basketball team looks to continue its hot streak as it heads on the road for a Saturday evening contest at Saint...
GW Fans Applaud Big Win Over Richmond
In a 103-77 win over Richmond, GW fans took to social media to express their delight as GW shot 68.9 percent and dished out a season-high 30 assists....