Mavericks Sign Free Agent Josh Akognon To 10-Day Contract
- For Immediate Release
- April 3, 2013
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent guard Josh Akognon to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Akognon (5'11, 185) spent the 2012 preseason with the Mavericks before signing with the Liaoning Jiebao Hunters of the Chinese Basketball Association for the 2012-2013 season. In 36 games with the Hunters, he averaged 29.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 34.9 minutes per game.
After going undrafted in the 2009 NBA Draft, Akognon played for BCKalev/Cramo Tallin of the Estonian League in 2009-2010. He played two seasons for the DongGuan New Century Leopards of the CBA from 2010-2012, followed by a brief stint with the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League in 2011-2012. Akognon spent the 2012 NBA Summer League with the Sacramento Kings.
A native of Petaluma, California, Akognon started his collegiate career at Washington State University before transferring to California State University, Fullerton. 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, Akognon was named Big West Conference Player of the Year after averaging 23.9 points per game.
Akognon is expected to join the team in Denver and be available for the game against the Nuggets on April 4. He will wear number 10 for the Mavericks.
Akognon will replace Justin Dentmon on the Mavericks' 15-man roster. Dentmon was released from this 10-day contract after appearing in two games for Dallas and logging 4 total minutes.