Monday, February 11, 2008

Ater Majok will visit March 1

Ater Majok, the intriguing 6-foot-10 forward out of the Sudan via Australia, will make an official recruiting visit to UConn on Saturday, March 1. Majok will watch the Huskies host West Virginia at the XL Center that day.

Ironically, West Virginia is one of the other schools Majok plans to visit, either shortly before or shortly after the UConn visit. He’ll have one other official visit left besides that, which will probably be either to Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA or possibly Memphis.

Majok has already visited Baylor and Maryland. He hopes to make his decision after making his final three visits.

“He’s looking forward to his visit to UConn,” said Jason Niblett, Majok’s coach at the Heat Basketball Academy in Virginia. “Coach Calhoun and (assistants) Andre (LaFleur) and Pat (Sellers) have given him a great impression of how it’s going to be there. Now, it’s a matter of actually seeing for himself.”

LaFleur made a home visit to Majok down in Australia about a month ago that “meant a lot to the kid,” according to Niblett.

Niblett added that UConn is attractive to Majok on “tradition alone. They’ve been a winning program over the years, they produce pros. We’ll get him in, look at the school and let the chips fall where they may.”

Majok, 20, is 6-10 with a 7-4 wingspan, according to Niblett.

“He can play face to the bucket, back to the bucket, whatever you want, you name it. I could see him being another Rudy Gay-type.”

Majok was born in the Sudan but emigrated to Australia about seven years ago to escape his home country’s turmoil. He is enrolled at the American International School in Carlingford, Australia, and is scheduled to graduate this spring.

Majok came to the United States in November while on school break to play for Niblett at the Heat Basketball Academy, which is strictly a basketball environment. The team plays against prep and postgraduate schools and even, at the start of the season, a few Division 2 collegiate programs.

Majok played for the team from November until early January, when he returned to Australia. He’ll return to the academy on Wednesday and stay for about a month to finish out the season.

Majok’s cousin, Majok Majok is a 6-8, 17-year-old, also plays for the team and is projected to be a top-notch recruit.

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