God'sgift Achiuwa arrives at St. John's

June, 14, 2011
God'sgift Achiuwa is the first member of St. John's much-heralded recruiting class to arrive on campus in Queens.

(And yes, that's the correct spelling of his first name, not "God's Gift" -- Achiuwa made that clarification upon his arrival.)

"It's been a very nice experience transitioning from junior college to a four-year college," said Achiuwa, who is already taking classes in St. John's Summer I session. "I really enjoy it down here so I feel very appreciative to be in this kind of environment."

(Click here to read my story on Achiuwa, after interviewing him last month.)

Achiuwa, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward who was a junior college All-American at Erie Community College in upstate New York, is taking theology and accounting classes, as well as working out at the St. John's facilities.

"The campus is kind of empty," Achiuwa said. "You don't have too many people taking summer classes so it's kind of good. You can study and it's kind of quiet, but there are also good things about it because you are a little bit more focused on academics."

Several more members of the nine-man recruiting class -- ranked No. 3 in the country by ESPNU -- are expected to arrive on campus for the Summer II session, which begins in July.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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