Scored four points and grabbed two rebounds in the exhibiton opener with Parkside Nov. 2 ... pulled down four rebounds off the bench in the regular season opener at Memphis Nov. 15 ... scored five points vs. Upper Iowa Nov. 21 ... collected five points off the bench in the win at South Dakota State Dec. 6 ... scored four points on a pair of dunks in the win over Green Bay Dec. 17 ... scored four points and grabbed three rebounds at Wyoming Dec. 27 ... tallied three points, four rebounds and two blocks at UIC Jan. 5 ... came off the bench to score 14 points and grab seven rebounds at Detroit Jan. 18 ... also made all 10 of his free throw attempts in the contest, tying a school record ... tallied six points vs. Youngstown St. Feb. 9 ... collected six points, two blocks and two steals at Cleveland St. Feb. 11 ... recorded three points, six rebounds and two blocks vs. UIC Feb. 15 ... started the final two games of the regular season with Adrian Tigert sidelined by injury ... scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds Feb. 18 against Missouri State ... played a season-high 27 minutes in that contest ... grabbed six rebounds and blocked five shots vs. Detroit Feb. 21 ... blocked three shots in the league semifinal win over Loyola ... scored seven points with two rebounds and two blocks in the title game win over Butler.
Came off the bench for 24 games after starting the first six contests ... missed the regional semifinal game with Illinois because of an injury ... added a presence on the defensive end for the Panthers, leading the team with 33 blocks ... that number placed him second in the league last year ... finished the season averaging 3.2 ppg and 1.8 rpg ... came off the bench in the first exhibition game before starting the second game ... averaged 13 ppg in the pre-season ... made his regular season UWM debut Nov. 20 vs. Prairie View, scoring nine points and tallying four blocks while appearing in the starting lineup ... scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds Nov. 23 vs. UW-Parkside ... had four points, three rebounds and two blocks vs. South Dakota State Dec. 1 ... tallied four points and five rebounds at Wisconsin Dec. 15 ... also had three blocked shots in the contest ... scored seven points and grabbed two rebounds vs. Kansas Dec. 22 ... grabbed five rebounds in 10 minutes at Butler Jan. 6 ... scored five points and grabbed five rebounds vs. Loyola Jan. 8 ... tossed in seven points at Youngstown State Jan. 12 ... added six points and three rebounds vs. UW-Green Bay Jan. 15 ... had four points and three blocks vs. Cleveland State Jan. 20 ... had three points and three rebounds two days later in a key victory at Detroit ... tallied four points in a nationally-televised victory over UIC Feb. 5 ... scored three points at Hawaii Feb. 19 ... added four points off the bench at Cleveland State Feb. 26 ... sank both field goal attempts and finished with four points in NCAA First Round win over Alabama March 17 ... added two points, two blocks and three rebounds in the NCAA Second Round win over Boston College.
Played two seasons at Olney Central Community College ... averaged more than two blocked shots per game in junior college ... averaged 5.6 ppg and 4.4 rpg in his last season at Olney ... rated as the 60th-best junior college player in the country by Hoopmasters.com ... also rated as a top-70 junior college player by HoopScoopOnline.com ... ranked as one of the top-10 junior college centers entering a four-year school for 2004-05.
Toledo Scott High School
Averaged 12 ppg as a standout senior in high school ... added 10 rebounds and five blocks per game that same season ... named an all-city and all-state performer ... rated among the top 10 players in the state of Ohio during his senior year.
Son of Vicky L. Akins and the late Derrick Ford, Sr. ... made the Dean's List at Olney Community College ... has worked at the Jim Jackson Basketball Camp and particpated in other volunteer activities.
2005-06 Season Highs Points 14 @ Detroit 1/18 Rebounds 7 @ Detroit 1/18 Assists 1 - 4 times Steals 2 @ Cleveland St. 2/11 Blocks 5 vs. Detroit 2/21 3-Pt. n/a