God's Gift Achiuwa Commits to St. Johns

Junior college power forward God's Gift Achiuwa, one of the top players remaining in this year's recruiting class, committed to St. John's University Thursday.

Achiuwa, at 6-foot-8, 235 pounds, plays for Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y., and was also considering Washington and Cincinnati.

"Gift is a talented frontline player who possesses tremendous size, strength, speed and skill. He is an ideal fit for our baseline-to-baseline attacking style of play," St. John's coach Steve Lavin said.

It is a key commitment for the Red Storm, which has one of the nation's best recruiting classes heading to the Queens campus for next season. Achiuwa, who averaged 22.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks this season, adds size to the super-talented group.

As for the attention-grabbing name, it was chosen by Achiuwa's father, a minister in Nigeria.

"His name is the first thing that anyone asks about when they meet him," Erie coach Alex Nwora told Yahoo! Sports last summer. "Everyone thought it was a nickname or something, but that's his real name. Fortunately, he's a religious kid, so he likes it."

Achiuwa has an older brother named Promise and younger brothers named God's Will and Precious, along with sisters Grace and Peace, SNY-TV reported.