Tuesday, July 21, 2009

ATER MAJOK TO STAY AT UCONN: After sitting out last year, testing the NBA Draft waters this past spring, and flirting with the idea of playing professionally overseas, Majok has finally settled on UConn as his destination for the upcoming season.

Majok will be a welcome addition to a UConn front court that will be severely depleted with the loss of Jeff Adrien and Hasheem Thabeet.

Majok will become eligible after the first semester, joining a front line that will include seniors Gavin Edwards and Stanley Robinson and freshman Alex Oriahki.

How good Majok will end up being is debatable. While testing the waters, the word was that he looked fantastic in individual workouts, but in live-action (both 3-on-3 and 5-on-5) he seemed a bit out of place. His skill set is impressive. He's a long and athletic, albeit slender, 6'10" with a nice touch on his jumper, but it may take him awhile to adapt to play in the Big East.

Personally, I think Majok has Ajou Ajou Deng written all over him. Deng, who was also a Sudanese refugee, had tons of hype coming into Storrs (during the 1999 Final Four, when UConn won their first title and before Deng was eligible, Khaled El-Amin called Deng the "best player on the team"), but turned out to be a monumental bust before transferring to Fairfield.

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