Akognon not about to give up his hoop dreams

If Akognon, the former Casa Grande star recently named the Big West Conference Player of the Year, found himself in front of the tube, he would position an ottoman a couple of feet in front of a chair. He?d prop his feet on the ottoman and in the small space under his legs he?d dribble a basketball.

Back-and-forth, back-and-forth, like a metronome the ball would go, for as long as he sat in front of the television. Those HBO movies must have killed a lot of carpet at the Akognon home.

He?d dribble the ball going out to fetch the mail. He?d dribble the ball going to the store. He would go to sleep ? Akognon swore this was true, er, oops, Josh is the son of a minister, OK, he didn?t swear ? with a basketball cradled in his arms. If he went into a bank, Akognon would dribble the ball there. He?d be in the garage dribbling three basketballs at once.

You know how people go through different phases in their lives? Akognon measures his by basketball.

?I went through a phase in which I spun the basketball on one finger wherever I went,? he said.

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