Bay Area DB commits to Warriors

imageAkil Francisco, who is entering his senior year at Encinal High in Alameda, Calif., has accepted a scholarship offer from the Warriors. Here’s the skinny:

> Francisco, who is tall (6 feet) and quick, is projected to compete at cornerback for the Warriors. Although he is 155 pounds, he expects to add to his frame when he joins the Warriors’ strength/conditioning program next year.

> Francisco has overcome a tragic childhood. His father — Mike “Dream” Francisco — was a highly respected Bay Area graffiti artist who was shot to death in 2000. His mother died of breast cancer in 2009.

> He credits his uncle, John Francisco, who raised him after his mother’s death. “He basically made a promise to my mom saying he would get me to go to college,” Akil Francisco said. “These past couple of years is what he’s been striving for — to get me to college. This commitment is a way of paying respect to him for all the hard work an sacrifice he’s made for me up to this point.”

> Francisco visited Hawaii twice the past year — for the Thanksgiving weekend and to attend his cousin’s UH graduation last month. From when his cousin first attended UH, he recalled, “I had a feeling about going there. … I thought Hawaii would be a good place for the next step in my football career, and for my academics, as well.”

> He bonded with the UH coaches during an unofficial visit last month. Last week, they attended an Oakland camp, where Francisco participated. “Coach Rolo is a good guy,” Francisco said.

> “I’m very grateful,” Francisco said of the UH offer. “This is for my parents, my uncle, teammates and my coaches. This is for everybody who ever believed in me, who were there through my ups and downs. This commitment is for all of them.”

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  1. tom June 23, 2016 8:03 am


  2. Maddog50 June 23, 2016 8:14 am

    This young man appears to be long and athletic. The tape betrays his weight he looks bigger-a good sign. Listen to his interview on Scout. He is well spoken and concise. This young man is a “find’. Go Warriors!!!

  3. mauiwarrior June 23, 2016 8:32 am

    I’m feeling the NBA draft

  4. Petey808 June 23, 2016 8:42 am

    I’m feeling the NBA draft

  5. NorthShoreFan June 23, 2016 8:50 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…Bootiful Day!

    Getting quality student athletes….main reason we play football in college.

    Welcome Akil! … E Como Mai!….related to Aaron?’s he skinny”…6′ 155….lol … got the frame to put more #’s on…fish and poi, Rainbow plate lunch, pulisami, poke, sizzling hamburger steaks, laulau, kalua pig…eh, get plenty to beef him up!

  6. PONO June 23, 2016 8:56 am

    Why wait til he gets into the UH S&C program. He has a whole year until then. He can realistically get to 175lbs before he enters UH. Likely redshirt or grayshirt if he can’t bulk up.

  7. Jason Valentin June 23, 2016 8:56 am

    Welcome akil! Just needs to put on muscle and weight! Give him a year in the weight room and he’s gonna be balling! Boy got skills!

  8. UHBooster June 23, 2016 9:55 am

    I’m feeling the NBA draft

  9. Boolakanaka June 23, 2016 10:11 am

    ST mahalo nui!!!! I’ll have DPK arrange a pickup as he is my adjunct in Hawai’i nei.

    Thanks again!!

  10. silvanblak June 23, 2016 10:57 am

    I’m feeling the NBA draft.

  11. MU June 23, 2016 11:00 am

    I’m feeling the NBA draft.

  12. BigWave96744 June 23, 2016 11:17 am

    Thank Goodness he’s a quick DB. Don’t want us recruiting slow DBs.
    Nah nah, only keeeding!!!
    No get all nahtz…

    Aloha Fransisco San from San Francisco

  13. J June 23, 2016 11:29 am

    I’m feeling the NBA draft

  14. A-House June 23, 2016 11:47 am

    I’m feeling the NBA draft.

  15. RatMin June 23, 2016 12:15 pm

    I’m Feeling the NBA Draft.

    Hopefully the Lakers get someone that can help them through the draft. Maybe Jankovic. Every little bit helps the way it’s been going for them.

    Go Warriors! (UH not Golden State)

  16. Da Punchbowl Kid June 23, 2016 12:23 pm

    Welcome to the Warriors, Akil!

    Boolakanaka, your adjunct will be happy to keep the card safe until you return to our fair shores. We can discuss my fee at Side Street Inn. 😉

  17. Warrior Dave June 23, 2016 12:50 pm

    I’m feeling the NBA draft. And love me some AC!!!! One of the best to ever play at UH.

  18. Mrs. A-House June 23, 2016 1:02 pm

    I’m feeling the NBA draft. Ditto Warrior Dave’s comments!

  19. Slugger June 23, 2016 1:04 pm

    Aloha from a state of heat… well, we’re not as hot up here as the desert…

    Love the dedication of Akil & his Uncle to get him to UH. Welcome to another Francisco!

    I got to see AC play with the Denver Nuggets years ago against the GS Warriors at Oracle Arena. I went specifically to see him play. Tickets in the nose-bleed section were $25 with a free throw-back “San Francisco Warriors” t-shirt. The good ole days.

    I’m feeling the NBA draft.

  20. Boolakanaka June 23, 2016 1:34 pm

    Mahalo nui DPK! You can keep that card under your pillow, with the rest of the cards I gave you–wink!

  21. 3-Prong June 23, 2016 2:04 pm

    I can pickup boo’s prize for him.

    In the words of his cousin “boola’ia”.
    I gone jus borrow ’em. I gone bring em right back”. hehe

    While I’m here. I’m feeling the NBA Draft

  22. seewhy June 23, 2016 5:38 pm

    I’m feeling the NBA draft

  23. M L Warrior June 23, 2016 6:47 pm

    I’m feeling the NBA draft!

  24. M L Warrior June 23, 2016 6:48 pm


    I’m feeling the NBA draft!

  25. M L Warrior June 23, 2016 6:50 pm

    GO LAKERS!!!

    I’m feeling the NBA draft!

  26. Sacwarrior June 23, 2016 7:02 pm

    I’m feeling the NBA draft. Close the door!

  27. Stuart June 23, 2016 10:17 pm

    I’m feeling the NBA draft

  28. LizKauai June 24, 2016 6:30 am

    What a football blast last night on Kauai!

  29. Stephen Tsai June 24, 2016 9:01 am

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