Since the namesake of this site, Michelle Beadle, has penned the nickname “The Akron Hammer” for the NBA’s LeBron James, we thought it would only be fitting to give that very nickname to a college basketball player. You know, since this is a college basketball-centric blog.
So for the 2009-10 season, I would like to nominate Brett McKnight of… you guessed it, the University of Akron. McKnight, a junior, is a 6’5″ forward out of Lancaster, Ohio. He led the team in scoring last year with 11.4 points per game and was named the MAC Sixth Man of the Year in 2008-09.
McKnight really established himself last season when he broke out for 29 points against rival Kent State, and established himself as a serious post presence for the Zips. During that game, he scored 15 points in the first half… in just 8 minutes of playing time. That is just one of the reasons why I nominate McKnight to be dubbed The Akron Hammer of college basketball this season. It also helps that he plays for Akron.
However, if any of you readers have other nominations, or any qualms with this selection, feel free to drop some nominees in the comment section — and make a compelling argument for your nominee– and we might reconsider this year’s Akron Hammer.