Before the 2007-08 season, Josh Akognon transferred from Washington State to Cal State Fullerton with two years of eligibility remaining -- his point production doubled, and he set school single-season records for 3-point field goals and free throw percentage. That's an indication that maybe he wasn't in the right place before. And in his senior season, he's putting up some more big numbers. The Titans guard is our ninth Mid-Majority Baller of the Week for the 2008-09 season.
Mr. Akognon's week consisted of two Big West road wins in which he played a starring role. On Thursday at Cal Poly, he played 37 minutes (he's the conference mpg leader at 34.4), shot 9-for-20, and registered 26 points -- including two key free throws in the final minute -- in the Titans' 86-82 win
. Two days later in the Thunderdome, he led his team to another close win, a 62-58 victory over UC-Santa Barbara
. The star guard scored 29, including 20 in the second half, as CSF head coach Bob Burton collected his 100th win
. In that UCSB game, he shot 10-for-22, including 5 3's. For the week, Akognon made nine 3-pointers and hit all eight of his free throws.
The "Petaluma Pistol" has been in this space before -- he was the second MMBOW of 2007-08
. And after a summer during which he applied
for early entry to the NBA Draft and alter dropped out
, he announced his presence in the Big West champs' second game of the season with a 41-point explosion in Hawaii
. He's kept up a scoring average that has him sixth in the nation at the moment, but some bad shooting nights coincided with CSF's nonconference struggles. The Titans lost their first two Big West tilts, but have rebounded to win those two roadies over the last week to even their record at 2-2.
Will they surge to complete the repeat? We know of one player who's motivated to lead his team back to the NCAA's and impress a few scouts as well. That would be our Mid-Majority Baller of the Week.