The BYU basketball program has officially added another player from Africa to its roster.
“We are incredibly excited to announce Atiki as the newest member of the BYU basketball family,” Pope said in a news release. “Growing up in Tanzania, Atiki will bring to our team a fresh world view and added diversity in our continued pursuit of the best locker room in America. He is humble, hungry and has an overwhelmingly-special work ethic that Cougar Nation will fall in love with. He is a gifted athlete with length, athleticism and touch around the rim. He is sure to become a fan favorite and have a major impact on BYU basketball and our entire community for years to come.”
Atiki, who has a 7-foot-2 wingspan, is from Mwanza, Tanzania. He moved to Ontario, Canada, in 2018 to complete high school. He played at the London Basketball Academy.
Excited to announce that 6’11 F Atiki Ally Atiki of @lbahoops has committed to @BYUbasketball - From Mwanza Tanzania originally, Atiki has spent the last two years playing for Coach Provenzano in London Ontario Canada. Has been quite the journey for the young man. pic.twitter.com/vmN5Ow9o5K— JUCOadvocate (@JUCOadvocate) February 16, 2021
Atiki, ranked as the No. 5 college basketball prospect in Canada by Canada’s National Preparatory Association, averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds in his junior season. Atiki’s senior season was heavily impacted by COVID-19 as Canada had limited sporting events during the pandemic.
Before committing to BYU, Atiki had scholarship offers from San Diego State and Oklahoma, among others.