Thursday, September 27, 2012
Mavericks add three to training camp roster
The Dallas Mavericks signed free agents DJ Mbenga, Josh Akognon and Tu Holloway to their training camp roster, the team announced Thursday. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mbenga (7-0, 240) is native of Congo who was originally signed by Dallas as a rookie free agent on July 14, 2004, after playing with the Mavericks summer league squad. In his first stint with Dallas, he saw action in 79 games, averaging 1.3 points and 0.9 rebounds. Mbenga was waived by Dallas on Oct. 30, 2007. Since his time in Dallas, Mbenga has played for Golden State, the L.A. Lakers and New Orleans. He holds career averages of 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in 234 games (four starts).
Akognon (5-11, 185) is a Petaluma, Calif., native who started his collegiate career at Washington State before transferring to California St.-Fullerton. As a junior, he led the Titans to a Big West regular season title, Big West Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance for the first time in 30 years. As a senior, Akognon was named Big West Conference Player of the Year after averaging 23.9 points per game.
Holloway (6-0, 190) played at Xavier and was undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft. In his four years as a Musketeer, he played in 134 games and held career averages of 13.7 points, 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals. As a junior, Holloway was Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and earned Third Team All-America honors while averaging 19.7 points and 5.4 assists a game.
The Mavs open their preseason schedule Oct. 6 in Berlin.