My Story

DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell (born June 5, 1993) is a Trinidadian-American professional basketball player, currently playing overseas in Turkey. A former college standout at both Eastern Oklahoma State and Illinois State University, the 6 ft 6 in small forward has taken his talents across the globe, with stints as a member of the Bakken Bears in Denmark, Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel, and Le’Portel in France just to name a few. He’s even spent time in the NBA, playing for both the Denver Nuggets as well as the OKC Thunder.

At 29 years old, the Florida Native is currently in his basketball prime, most recently being named to the All-Champions League second team after averaging over 15 points per game for his current team; Galasaray of the of the Basketbol Süper Ligi (BSL). On top of his prowess on the court, Akoon-Purcell is a force off the court as well, helping establish brands such as Blackletics, Galatasary Nef, and 44 the Brand, while continuously giving back to his community through things like food drives, giveaways, and camps.



Personally, the word “Mandatory” is my daily motivation. When you hear the word mandatory, you may think there will be consequences if the task isn’t completed. Because there is, the consequence of not living your life to the fullest of how you imagine it and what you deserve. Everyday I wake up and I have a mandatory mindset about my life, how I want to live and what I want for my legacy. Tomorrow isn’t promised so it’s mandatory I do my part today. DAP 👊🏽



Outside of basketball, philanthropy is a something that Devaughn Akoon-Purcell has always taken very seriously. Whether it be through hosting camps such as the Mandatory Hoops Skills Academy Launching in July 2023, or other philanthropic efforts like backpack giveaway, Turkey Drives, and Feed the Homeless Events, Akoon-Purcell has always made it a priority to give back to his community. There truly is no limit to Akoon-Purcell's creativity when it comes to giving back, as he even serves as the shoe sponsor for a High School Basketball team.

I Partner With Brands that Represent Who I Am

Through my partnerships with brands like Galatasaray Nef, Blackletics, and 44 The Brand, I have a proven track record of establishing brands the align with my creative vision. I'm a firm believer in the power of collaboration, so feel free to reach out about a potential partnership below!