On Achiuwa: A dominating big man and an imposing physical specimen with an 87-inch wingspan ... an intimidating shot-blocker on defense and a powerful rebounder on both ends of the floor ... displays incredible speed in transition, particularly for an athlete his size ... a versatile scorer who can face up or play with his back to the basket on offense ... a member of St. John's prestigious President's Society ... last name pronounced "ah-CHOO-uh."
Steve Lavin On Achiuwa: "Gift is a frontline player who possesses the size, strength, speed and tenacity to help our team. He has demonstrated an outstanding work ethic in and out of the classroom, and his exemplary leadership abilities have set him apart from his peers as a member of the St. John's University President's Society.
As a Redshirt Senior (2013-2014)
Named to the 2013-14 Big East All-Academic Team
As a Senior (2012-2013)
Did not play.
As A Junior In 2011-12: Made 32 appearances in his rookie season, drawing 18 starts ... averaged 29.9 minutes per game to rank fifth among all Red Storm players ... 9.4 points per game scoring average was fourth on the team ... led St. John's with a .534 field goal percentage, ranking sixth among all BIG EAST players ... increased that number to .555 in conference play, third in the league ... was second on the squad, and 20th in the BIG EAST, with 5.8 rebounds per contest ... 91 of his 186 total rebounds came on the offensive end ... 2.84 offensive boards per game ranked ninth among all league players ... led the Red Storm with 2.8 offensive rebounds per game ... pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds, including eight offensive, scored six points and had a career-best three steals against Pitt in the opening round of the BIG EAST Conference Tournament (March 6) ... notched second-consecutive and 13th double-digit scoring performance of the season with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds at Rutgers (March 3) ... scored 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting at Pitt (Feb. 29) ... netted 15 points on a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and pulled down five rebounds in just 18 minutes of play at DePaul (Feb. 1) ... posted 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds at No. 25/24 Marquette (Jan. 11) ... contributed 16 points, including eight at the free throw line, at No. 9/9 Connecticut (Dec. 31) ... scored a career-best 22 points on a career-high 10 field goals, including his first-career 3-point bucket, against Texas-Pan American (Dec. 21) ... recorded first-career double-double with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds at No. 1/1 Kentucky (Dec. 1) ... finished with a team-high 17 points, including 14 in the second half, and added a team-best nine rebounds and four blocks against Northeastern (Nov. 26) ... netted 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line against UMBC (Nov. 13) ... contest vs. the Retrievers was the second-straight game he was perfect from the charity stripe ... netted a game-high 21 points on a perfect 6-of-6 from the field and 9-of-9 from the free throw line, while grabbing eight boards against Lehigh (Nov. 9) ... scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting and finished with nine rebounds, just one short of a double-double in his first-career game against William & Mary (Nov. 7) ... named to the 2011-12 BIG EAST All-Academic team.
At Erie C.C.: Earned first team NJCAA All-America honors as a sophomore in 2010-11 after leading Erie Community College to a 28-4 record and a fourth place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Tournament ... also earned NJCAA Region III Player of the Year and Region III Tournament Most Valuable Player honors ... finished the season ranked ninth in the NJCAA in scoring (22.3 points per game), 10th in rebounding (11.7) and 17th in blocks (2.2) ... shot 56.0 percent from field and 36.7 percent from 3-point range ... scored 32 or more points in four outings and netted 39 points against Monroe C.C. on Feb. 8, 2011 ... announced as one of 16 Erie student-athletes named to the 2010-11 NJCAA Region III All-Academic Team ... earned third team NJCAA All-America and Region III Co-Player of the Year accolades as a freshman in 2009-10 ... averaged 13.1 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game to help Erie post a 27-2 record in 2009-10 ... coached at Erie by Alex Nwora.
Personal: God'sgift Onyekachi Achiuwa ... born in Port Harcourt, River States, Nigeria ... son of Eunice and Donatus Achiuwa, a minister ... the third of six children ... has an older sister, Grace, and a younger sister, Peace ... also has an older brother, Promise, and two younger brothers, God'swill and Precious ... chose St. John's because of its religious attributes and basketball success ... majoring in administrative studies.
UP CLOSE WITH GOD'SGIFT ACHIUWA
Favorite movie: Any action movie.
What's on my iPod/iPhone/mp3 player: Gospel.
Favorite food: Fufu.
Favorite place to hang out on campus/NYC area: D'Angelo Center.
Favorite class: Math class.
Favorite book: "Authority of the Believer" by Kenneth Hagin.
Since coming to St. John's I've learned: How to stay in the dorm.
Greatest athletic accomplishment: When I was named NJCAA Region III Player of the Year.
Hero/role model: Jesus.
Favorite athlete/sports team: The Miami Heat.
Favorite St. John's athlete: Phil Greene.
Few people know that: I sing.
One word to describe me on the court: "Team."
The St. John's basketball player that will surprise you this year is: Phil Greene.
After St. John's or my basketball career, I'd like to: Have my own business.
What do you want to accomplish this season: Win games.
Favorite quote: "Jesus saves."
What are your funny superstitions/pregame rituals: Listen to music.
If I were President for the day I would: Give a holiday.
If I were Coach Lavin for the day I would: Give a day off.
The teammate that inspires me is: Phil Greene.
If I wasn't playing basketball, I'd be: The best student on campus.