CAMBRIDGE, Mass – Just one week after receiving his first America East player of the week award, Dimitry Akanda-Coronel has officially won his second, after averaging 19 points and eight rebounds in two games last week. The conference announced that Akanda-Coronel is this week's player of the week while Rodney Elliot of UMBC was named rookie of the week.
The Boston, Mass., native started the week with a strong effort against Chattanooga in the Dr. Pepper Classic championship, where he posted 24 points and six rebounds against the Mocs as the squad nearly won the tournament title on Chattanooga's home court
Akanda-Coronel followed that up with a strong all-around game on Sunday to open conference play against Binghamton as he scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the first double-double of his career and the second for the Black Bears this season.Maine will attempt to remain undefeated in conference play and search for its first two-game winning streak on Jan. 9 when the team travels to play Hartford at 7 p.m. It will wrap up the week on Saturday in Baltimore, Md., to play UMBC at 3:30 p.m.
Aaron began his career at WVII in March of 2008. He attended Old Town High School, where he graduated in 2004. From there he moved on to the New England School of Communications, majoring in Sports Broadcasting and Journalism. Originally a sports radio major, Aaron co-hosted a weekly sports radio show on WHSN called This Week in Sports while also doing play by play and color commentary of Husson Eagle sporting events. He also spent a semester as the stations sports director. After his sophomore year he realized he had run out of radio classes to take, so he began taking TV courses while also working at Stephen King’s sports station WZON. Aaron graduated from NESCom in May of 2008 with a degree in communications, and was named the top broadcast journalist of his class. Since joining ABC-7 and Fox Bangor he has won multiple Maine Association of Broadcasting Awards.
In his free time Aaron likes, surprise, to watch sports and play sports. From mountain climbing to basketball, there are very few sports Aaron doesn’t enjoy. He also likes traveling when he gets the chance, and is happy he has been able to pursue his passion for sports while staying close to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @AaronRJackson, and you can catch him weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 on ABC-7 and Fox Bangor. He can also be reached via email at [email protected].