For the second time this sea- son, Milan Acquaah, sophomore business administration major and guard, was named Western Athletic Conference men’s bas- ketball Player of the Week for his e orts from Dec. 31 through Jan. 6.
Acquaah attributes his success this season to his time on and o the court with peers, professors and teammates.
“I definitely have to give the credit to the environment here at CBU,” Acquaah said. “The coaching sta helped me feel comfortable here, which led me to feel confident on the court.”
During the week, Acquaah averaged 28.0 points per game with 55.6 percent shooting from the field and an impressive 91.7 percent shooting from the free- throw line, in addition to averaging 5.5 rebounds during the stretch.
Head Coach Rick Croy said he believes Acquaah had a smooth transition from his former school, Washington State University.
“(His transfer) has been seamless,” Croy said. “I think God has him right where he wants him. His work has been paying off . He puts in a tremendous amount of work and he plays with a special swagger that shows up on game night.”
Acquaah led the Lancers to fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference standings with a 10-7 mark while being 2-2 during conference play, leading the team with an average of 32.4 points per game this season.
Croy said he believes that Acquaah has been a leader on and o the court, which has helped contribute to the men’s basketball team’s success.
“He carries himself (as a leader) and has been a great fit for our program since Day One and we felt that, and I believe he felt that as well,” Croy said. “It has been seamless and our guys are proud to represent CBU. I think he loves it here and I believe that he is going to build a great legacy.”
Acquaah said that after a rough first year at Washington State, it was an honor to win two WAC Player of the Week awards and he gives the credit to God.
“Last year, I definitely struggled and went through some
growing pains, but it helped me grow as a player,” Acquaah said. “I (came in) wanting to compete to the best of my ability and trust God and trust the work that I put in before games and throughout the summer while playing with confidence and playing to the best of my ability.”
On Jan. 9, Acquaah was nominated for the Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List. He currently leads all WAC players with 21.6 points per game.
Acquaah said it is an honor and blessing to be recognized for his e orts.
“It is a huge honor especially after the rough season I had last year,” Acquaah said. “I had a lot to prove to myself and those accolades mean a lot.”
Acquaah and men’s basketball’s next game will be in the Events Center Feb. 7 against Chicago State University.