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Josh Akognon (born February 10, Greenbrae, California) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks to a 10-day contract on April 3, 2013 and signed for the remainder of the 2012-2013 season on April 13, 2013.
Akognon began his college career at Washington State where, as a sophomore, he led the Cougars in scoring despite coming off the bench most of the season. Voted PAC-12 Most Underrated Player in a Sports Illustrated article, he neverheless opted to transfer at the end of the year to Cal-State Fullerton which forced him to sit out the 2006-2007 season.
He hit Fullerton in a big way helping the Titans to tie for the regular season title, win the Big West Tournament and reach their first NCAA Tournament in 30 years. As a result Akognon was named second team All-Big West and MVP of the Big West postseason tournament. With that success, the 5'10 guard originally declared himself a candidate for the NBA draft before reconsidering and deciding to return to CSF for his senior year.
The next season, however, the team failed to have the same success on the court. Akognon, however, was named the Big West Player of the Year with a 23.9 ppg average. That ranked him eighth in the country despite often being double-teamed by opponents' defense.
Undrafted in the 2009 draft, he opted to play his first professional season in Estonia with BC Kalev/Cramo. The next season he took his game to China where, with the Dongguan Leopards he enjoyed his first real pro success averaging over 29 points and leading the team to a 25-7 record which was 12 games better than their previous season.
Returning to China for the 2012-2013 campaign, Akognon delighted the Chinese fans by averaging over 28 points and assuming a leadership role with the team. They lost, however, in the first round of the playoffs and he returned to the states for a short stint with the Canton Charge of the NBA Developmental League.
On April 3, the Mavericks came calling and Akognon signed a 10-day contract. On April 13 he was rewarded with a contract for the balance of the season. He saw action in 2 games averaging 2.5 points per game.
Despite a good showing in the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League, the Mavs released Akognon on July 23 and he was immediately claimed by the Memphis Grizzlies.