Zips’ Johnson picks up MAC East honor

Akron center Isaiah Johnson led Akron to its seventh straight victory.

Akron center Isaiah Johnson has been named MAC East Division Player of the Week for his play Dec. 20-27, league officials announced Tuesday.

Johnson is 6-foot-10 and 250 pounds and hails from Cincinnati. He helped the Zips (9-2) to a pair of wins at the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic in Las Vegas — as they defeated UC Santa Barbara and Iona.

Johnson was named Classic MVP afterposting a double-double in the final game.

Against UCSB, Johnson tallied 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbed six rebounds en route to the 84-70 win. He also collected a season-best four assists and three blocked shots.

Against Iona, Johnson recorded his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 boards in the 78-64 victory.

For the week, he averaged 13.5 points per game on 12-of-16 shooting with 16 rebounds, five blocked shots, five assists, and a steal.