There is a clue in Tre' Coggins' first name that provides insight to his style on the basketball court.

His given name is Trenton, but his high school teammates in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., started calling him "Tre Shooter" because he could make 3-point field goals. So far in his sophomore season at Air Force, there's no reason to go back to Trenton.

Coggins has found the net on 3-point attempts 46.2 percent of the time in his first six Mountain West games and 44.7 percent of the time overall.

"In high school, I was a shooter and averaged 19 points a game," Coggins said. "I would say I always have things to work on, but scoring and shooting is the main part of my game."

Coggins does a lot more than shoot and score for the Falcons. He is the team's point guard and runs the offense. So far, the Falcons are the surprise team in the Mountain West at 9-8 overall and 3-3 in conference play.

At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Coggins is not that imposing among college point guards, but he's shooting 50 percent from the field in all games and 55 percent in conference play.

"We saw the potential when we recruited him," said Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich. "But I didn't think he'd get into the numbers he has so quickly. It's somewhat of a surprise, because he's a sophomore."

Even as a newcomer to the Air Force program, Coggins already has reminded Falcons fans of some stalwarts from the past. Players such as Otis Jones, Raymond Dudley, Antoine Hood, Jacob Burtschi, Nick Welch and Michael Lyons come to mind.

Coggins already has gained comparison to Jones, who also was a deadly outside shooter.

This season, Coggins became the first Air Force player to score at least 20 points in four consecutive games since Jones pulled off that feat in 1995. Coggins has scored 20 points or more seven times this season.