Unfortunately, Jaden Akins got off to a really slow start this season. He decided to return for his junior season after getting some feedback during the NBA draft process. He even evaded some out-of-the-blue transfer rumors. But the start to his junior season hasn't been ideal.
That's starting to change, however.
Akins is averaging a career-best 10.6 points per game to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists, shooting 44 percent from the floor. His 3-point percentage has been on the rise after a slow start, shooting 36 percent from deep after hitting 42 percent last year. If he continues to improve this season, he's going to help lead the Spartans to a Big Ten title.
The junior guard had a strong start to January and return to Big Ten play with 10 points on 2-for-4 threes to go along with four assists and a steal.
If Akins continues to build on this play and string some games together, Michigan State could be in a good spot for a conference title push. He looks primed to be that No. 2 scoring option in Big Ten play.