Thursday, April 17, 2008

Majok to visit again

Ater Majok, the 6-foot-9, athletic forward who's game has been described as a cross between Charlie Villanueva and Rudy Gay, will make an official visit to UConn next week. Majok will likely be in Storrs next weekend, April 26-27, but may come a few days earlier to get a better idea of the school's academic environment.

Majok, a Sudanese native who has lived in Australia since he was 13, made an unofficial visit to UConn in early March. He caught the Huskies, loss at Providence and then waited an extra day to watch UConn blow out Cincinnati in its regular-season finale.

He visited the University of Kentucky on April 12-13 and is playing in the Derby Classic in Kentucky this weekend. Besides UConn, Majok has one more official visit he can make, and it will likely be either to UCLA or Kansas.

By all accounts, UConn is tops on Majok's list. Assistant coach Andre LaFleur visited Majok at his home in Australia in January and has been friends with Majok's coach/mentor Edward Smith for more than a decade.

Said Smith: "He wants to sit down with the staff, Coach Calhoun, and see what their plans are, what the composition of this team next year will be, and compare it to everything he’s experienced with other schools. As of now, Ater’s previoius relationship with Andre does put UConn at an advantage. He’s seen Kentucky, Coach (Bill) Gillespie did a great job mapping out a plan for Ater, where he sees he’ll fit. Kentucky basketball is Kentucky basketball. Over there it’s horses and basketball. He was impressed by the whole layout of the landscape. I know that Ater does want an opportunity to become a professional, and he feels that winning is an important component of that. Winning championships, making championship runs is an important component of becoming a professional and knowing how to win."


Anonymous JDogg said...

maybe majok can push robinson into fulfilling his potential

6:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say what you will about Majok leaning toward UConn - I am a blood U of L fan and detest U of K but the UK fans showered this kid with attention and love over this weekend and word is he is seriously considering U of K. We have to play against him whether he goes to UConn or UK and that's ok ( U of L not recruiting him...) but I'd rather he come to UConn than go to UK. I hope the UConn fans will show this kid some love. If not, I believe after some of his comments this weekend in LOUISVILLE that he will be going to UK. Good luck.

8:44 PM 

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