Josh Akognon. Photo from Rize Management.
Guard Josh Akognon played well enough to impress the Mavericks.
The Dallas Mavericks recently signed Akognon (5-11, 185), who originally signed a 10-day contract with Dallas on April 3. He made his NBA regular-season debut against Phoenix on April 10 and recorded two points and one assist in 4 minutes.
Akognon began his collegiate career at Washington State before transferring to Cal State Fullerton, where he graduated with a BA in Sports Management. As a junior, he led the Titans to a Big West regular season title, Big West Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance for the first time in 30 years.
As a senior, he was named Big West Conference Player of the Year after averaging 23.9 points per game. He went undrafted in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Akognon “is a versatile guard who can play either the PG or SG and is one of the best shooters in the country,” wrote Rize Management, a Los Angeles based firm that manages Akognon. “He possesses the quickness, athleticism, length, and high basketball IQ that makes him one of the best guards in the world and has shown that he can be a true floor general and at the same time lead his team in scoring.”
Akognon has played for the Nigerian National Team, the Baltic League and top Chinese League (CBA). He was named to both the All-Baltic League Team and the All Chinese CBA Team. In his two seasons overseas he led his team in Estonia and China to the league semi-finals.
He is married and has a son. His parents are Dr. Rev. Emmanuel, Pastor of Village Baptist Church in Marin City and Alfreda Akognon of Petaluma. He also has an older brother and a younger sister.