All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team (2016)
NABC Division I District 16 Second Team (2016)
Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Team Selection (2015-16)
Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the year (2015)
Missouri Valley Conference All-Newcomer Team (2015)
Riley Wallace Award Finalist (2014-15)
Two-time Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week (Nov. 24, 2014 and March 2, 2015)
2015-16/Senior at Illinois State
Earned All-MVC Second Team and NABC Division I District 16 Second Team accolades • Was an MVC Preseason Team selection • Led Illinois State in scoring and ranked eighth in the MVC (14.1 ppg) • Shot a team-best 157-for-364 (43.1 percent) from the field • Ranked second on the team in rebounding and 12th in the MVC (4.9 rpg) • Played in all 32 games with 30 starts • Earned double figures in points in 30 of ISU's 32 games • Led Illinois State in scoring a team-best 13 times • Collected a career-high 14 rebounds and scored 13 points in the MVC Tournament loss to Indiana State (March 4) • Netted 15 points at Wichita State (Feb. 27) • Matched a then-season high with nine rebounds in the win over then-No. 21 Wichita State (Feb. 6) • Made a career-best 10 free throws on 12 attempts for 12 points in the win at Loyola (Feb. 3) • Netted a team-best 18 points while grabbing nine rebounds at Missouri State (Jan. 30) • Blocked a career-best three shots in the win over Loyola (Jan. 6) • Scored a career-high 28 points on a career-best 13 field goals – including a 360-degree dunk – while collecting a then-season-high nine rebounds in the win at Drake (Jan. 3) • Scored a team-best 18 points in the win at Illinois-Chicago (Dec. 16) • Collected eight rebounds against UAB (Dec. 5) • Scored a game-high 22 points with six rebounds at No. 1 Kentucky (Nov. 30) • Dished a career-high five assists against Quincy (Nov. 27) • Led ISU with 20 points versus Houston Baptist (Nov. 21) • Made nine field goals with 23 points, including the game-winning, buzzer-beating shot, in the victory over Morehead State (Nov. 16).
2014-15/Junior at Illinois State
Named the MVC Newcomer of the Year while also earning All-Newcomer Team accolades • Was a finalist for the Riley Wallace Award, presented annually to the top transfer in NCAA Division I basketball, as awarded by CollegeInsider.com • Earned two MVC Newcomer of the Week honors (Nov. 24 and Mar. 2) • Reached double-figures in 20 of his 28 contests, with a team-best two double-doubles • Started 10-straight games to end the season, totaling 18 starts • Led ISU and ranked No. 6 in the MVC with 5.6 rebounds per game • Was ISU’s leading rebounder in a team-best nine games • Ranked second on the team and seventh in the league with 12.8 points per game • Netted 14 points with seven rebounds in the NIT first-round win over Green Bay (Mar. 18) • Scored 10 points with five rebounds in the MVC Tournament semifinal victory over No. 8 Wichita State (Mar. 7) • Led ISU with 16 points and nine rebounds in the win at Evansville (Feb. 28) • Netted a career-high 24 points on 7-for-14 shooting while collecting a team-best seven rebounds in the win over Southern Illinois (Feb. 25) • Scored 14 points with seven rebounds in the win over Loyola (Feb. 21) • Scored a team-high 18 points versus No. 13 Wichita State (Feb. 14) • Scored a team-high 19 points with seven rebounds at Southern Illinois (Feb. 7) • Recorded his second double-double of the year, with a career-best 12 rebounds plus 20 points to match a career high in the win over Missouri State (Jan. 28) • Netted 11 points at Indiana State (Jan. 14) • Scored 12 points at Missouri State (Jan. 11) in his return to ISU's lineup after missing seven games with a broken hand • Reached double-figures in seven of ISU's first eight games before being sidelined with a broken hand sustained during ISU's game at DePaul (Dec. 14) • Named to the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam all-tournament team after averaging 15.3 points and 5.0 rebounds during the Redbirds' three tournament games • Netted a team-best 18 points versus VCU (Dec. 2) • Scored a game-high 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting in ISU's win over Weber State (Nov. 21) • In his collegiate debut, recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in ISU's season opener against Utah State (Nov. 16) becoming the first newcomer since 2009 to record a double-double in his Redbird debut.
Prior to Illinois State
Transfer from Eastern Oklahoma State College • A 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I All-America Honorable Mention selection • Led Eastern Oklahoma State and ranked No. 17 nationally with 20.9 points per game as a sophomore • Shot a team-best 201-for-362 (55.5 percent) from the field, while also shooting 28-for-69 (40.6 percent) from beyond the arc and 135-for-183 (73.8 percent) at the free throw line • Averaged 5.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals • Netted double-figures 25 times as a sophomore, scoring 20 points or more on 16 occasions and 30 or more points three times • Named to the 2013-14 All-Region II Team and the All-Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team.
Born June 5, 1993 • Son of Paul Akoon and Tamar de Govia-Purcell • Major: University Studies