Courtesy of Cody Voga / AU Athletics
Auburn center Babatunde “Stretch” Akingbola has been named to the Southeastern Conference Men’s Basketball Community Service Team, the league office announced last Thursday.
The Ogun, Nigeria native has used his infectious outgoing personality to be a great teammate and ambassador for Auburn University.
In just his second year on campus, Akingbola has been involved in a variety of community service projects.
He has been a mentor for students at nearby Drake Middle School and has read to children in the surrounding area at Cary Woods Elementary and Ogletree Elementary.
Akingbola has also participated in an encouragement zoom with Our House – an after-school ministry that provides a Christ-centered, home environment in which children can grow spiritually, academically and socially.
He also visited with and provided encouragement to children with serious illnesses at Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham. Akingbola has also assisted with the SAAC annual food and toiletry drives.
On the court, Akingbola has played in every game this season and is averaging 1.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game while shooting 48% from the floor. The sophomore is third on the team with 25 blocks and 35 offensive rebounds.