Winnipeg Sea Bears add another local product to the team roster: Winnipeg

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Who says you can’t go home again?

Winnipeg’s Emmanuel Akot returns to the city after signing with his hometown Winnipeg Sea Bears on Tuesday.

After 10 years playing on the road, Akot will join the Sea Bears once his season in the Netherlands concludes.

After being a five-star recruit out of high school, the 6-foot-4 forward played five seasons of NCAA Division One basketball at three different schools, including Arizona, Boise State and Western Kentucky, but was passed over in the final round. NBA Draft of the Year.

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“I’m excited to be back in Winnipeg and can’t wait to get started with the Sea Bears,” Akot said in a news release. “Growing up in this town, I have been fortunate enough to have nothing but love and support from the community. To be able to compete for the city that has given me so much is an incredible honor. We have a passionate fan base and we want to give them a team they can be proud of.”

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Akot has averaged more than seven points and three rebounds per game with Heroes Den Bosch of the BNXT League in Europe.

“We are extremely excited to add another top talent from Winnipeg,” said Mike Taylor, Sea Bears general manager and head coach. “Emmanuel gives us excellent versatility and another quality Canadian player for our rotation. At these early stages of his professional career, we are excited to see Emmanuel grow and develop his game as a Sea Bear.”

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Akot, 25, who competed at Kildonan East Collegiate, becomes the sixth Manitoban on this year’s Sea Bears roster.

With a 1-1 record, the Sea Bears return to the court Saturday at the Canada Life Center against the Ottawa BlackJacks.

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