GREENSBORO, N.C. (1/24/11) -- Guilford College's Tobi Akinsola earned Guilford's Student-Athlete of the Week Award Monday, presented by the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Akinsola averaged 17.0 points on 66.7 percent field-goal shooting in Guilford's 2-0 week. The 6-2, 190-pound senior center scored a game- and career-high 26 points in Guilford's 64-61 victory over previously unbeaten Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday. Akinsola made eight-of-11 shots and 10-of-12 free throws and had five rebounds against the second-ranked Marlins. He scored 18 points in the second half alone, including a free throw with 26 seconds left to put the Quakers up, 62-61. He scored eight points and had two rebounds in 20 minutes of the Quakers' 81-41 victory at Emory and Henry College Jan. 19.
Akinsola is second on the team in scoring (12.2 ppg.), and leads the Quakers in rebounding (7.3 rpg.) and field-goal percentage (52.6%). He is 13th in the ODAC in scoring, fifth in rebounding, and 11th in field-goal percentage. Akinsola has two 20-point games this season and two double-doubles, including a 24-point, 14-rebound effort against Greensboro in Guilford's season opener.
Coach Tom Palombo's Quakers (12-6, 6-3 ODAC) travel to Randolph College on Wednesday to take on the Wildcats (12-4, 6-2 ODAC). Guilford returns home Saturday (1/29) for a 3:00 p.m. ODAC matchup with 10th-ranked Randolph-Macon College.
The Student-Athlete of the Week Award is presented by Guilford's SAAC, which is comprised of representatives from each of the school's 20 varsity teams. The group meets regularly to discuss the state of Guilford Athletics and seeks to build community among Guilford's student-athletes and non-student-athletes. Recent Guilford SAAC activities include a cancer awareness promotions, canned-food drives, volunteer assistance with the North Carolina Special Olympics and tutoring at New Garden Friends School.