AKEEM THE DREAM
Akeem the Dream was just that, a dream! Akeem started his love for sports at North Commons Park (Ruth Hawkins) and Farview Park where he excelled at football, baseball and basketball. You would have thought that he invented "Shake n Bake".
After his mother remarried they moved the family to south Minneapolis. He played with Washburn High School’s traveling basketball team that was coached by Mel Carpenter, which was Akeem's stepfather. They won almost every game that they played for two straight seasons. At the house he shared the basement with older stepbrother Brian Carpenter at 4608 1ST Ave. anybody who was anybody in high school basketball in the city at that time was at that house. They called it a "Hooper’s house".
With mentoring from Carp and a lot of playing basketball, Akeem As Freshman was playing Varsity. He had a mindset of a person beyond his years. With his cool demeanor and quite personality! He led by example and always had away of lifting other people's spirits around him. After his freshman year he had too step up to the plate and assume a leadership role after Washburn graduated about 5 or 6 seniors. He accepts the challenge with open arms. He became the leading scorer and team captain for that season. After struggling to get wins, the next year they got two great players. Aaron Boone and Adrian Patterson who Akeem was very familiar with after playing basically his whole career with these two guys. He played at Ruth Hawkins with his cousin Adrian and then Washburn traveling with both Patterson and Boone. The first year back together since Washburn Traveling it was a learning experience and was used as a feeler year for the squad to iron out the kinks. But by that summer they started too mesh again and God willing opponents better beware! After a 30-1 season they achieved every goal set out for the team and for the season.
As the backbone for the 1994 championship team at Washburn his stats didn't stand out like they did a season or two earlier. He accepted his role as a true leader and would pick up the slack where other players would leave off or just not bring it that night. His determination and competitive edge would not let them lose. He would guard the opposing team's best player no matter how big. At Only 6 foot 1inch you would think he was six eight because of the way he carried his self and played bigger than his size. His heart was immeasurable. In the championship game against Hopkins Akeem took on the challenge of guarding what the media called one of the best players in the state.
Averaging well over 20 pts per game Akeem held him to just two free throw for the entire game! It was under appreciated by the media and sports writers but was clear and respected by teammates, coaches and opposing players alike that Akeem was a force to be reckoned with! On that great Miller team he still managed to average around 15pts, about 5 or 6 assist and 4 or 5 rebounds a game.
After Washburn, he attended North Dakota School of Science JC where as sophomore he averaged 18 pts and 8 asst. Well On his way too a successful college career it had an abrupt and tragic end!
Akeem is truly missed by his Family and a countless number of friends. His spirit lives on in memories and in his beautiful children. Akeem is one of the strongest men mentally and physical that has ever blessed the game of basketball in the twin cities!