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Welcome Ako Kaluna to the 1,000-Point Club

Ako Kaluna
Ako Kaluna

There may have been a brief moment this season where it seemed that Ako Kaluna's path to the 1,000-Point Club may take an unwanted detour, but the 6-foot-7, 250 pound senior wasn't ready to give up.

Against Southern Utah on Dec. 31, 2016, Kaluna went down with high ankle sprain in the first half and did not return. In fact, Kaluna was sidelined for the next two games. It was a heartbreaker for the Santa Clarita, Calif. native. He had previously not missed a single game since his arrival in Flagstaff.

His early evaluation had him out for at least a couple of weeks, but Kaluna returned after one. At the time of Kaluna's injury, he was 32 points away from 1,000.

He slowly got his groove back with nine points nine points against Sacramento State and eight versus Portland State.

On the road at Eastern Washington on Jan. 19, Kaluna had 15 points to go. He netted 12. That put him just three points shy of 1,000 entering the Lumberjacks' game at Idaho on Jan. 21.

Kaluna came on the court ready to get his three points. He scored NAU's second basket of the game and with 10:57 on the clock in the first half, Kaluna laid the ball in the hoop to officially enter the club as the 29th member.

Kaluna finished the game with 16 points and has plenty of time to climb up the charts as NAU continues its season.

 

Kaluna's Road to 1,000

Freshman Season: 2013-14

136 points l 45.6 FG PCT

Sophomore Season: 2014-15

328 points l 47.7 FG PCT

Junior Season: 2015-16

373 points l 30 made 3-Pt FGs

Senior Season: 2016-17

176 points l 37.3 FG PCT 

 

1,000 Point Club

1. Cameron Jones (07-11) 1,643

2. Kelly Golob (02-06) 1,550

3. Andy Hurd (82-86) 1,533

4. Ross Land (96-00) 1,525

5. Gabe Rogers (09-13) 1,422

6. Ruben Boykin, Jr. (04-07) 1,378

7. Dan McClintock (96-00) 1,363

8. Willie Nash (62-66) 1,351

9. James Plump (66-69) 1,349

10. Steve Williams (88-92) 1,341

11. Bill Aaron (56-60) 1,314

12. Walter Mannon (68-72) 1,296

13. Ryan McDade (99-03) 1,284

14 Kyle Landry (04-08) 1,274

15. Wiley Horton (56-60) 1,250

16. Kris Yanku (13-16) 1,245

17. Nate Payne (72-75) 1,246

18. David Henson (75-79) 1,174

19. Don Buttrum (58-62) 1,161

20. Bill Lewis (52-56) 1,141

21. Frank Turley (52-56) 1,090

22. Jeff Altman (81-85) 1,089

23. Casey Frank (95-99) 1,060

24. David Duane (83-87) 1,053

25. Stephen Sir (04-07) 1,044

26. Quinton Upshur (13-15) 1,040

27. Josh Wilson (05-09) 1,030

28. Fito Trujillo (51-55) 1,025

29. Ako Kaluna (2013-Pres.) 1,013

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