Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ater Majok feature

Here's a feature that ran in today's Register on Ater Majok, and his long journey to finally becoming a UConn Husky.

A couple of interesting points I learned about Majok over the past few weeks:

-- He is a true hero to the Sudanese-Australian population after becoming the first African native to be named to the Australian national basketball team (the Boomers). Majok is "on the radar" for the country's team for next August's world championships, as well as the 2012 Olympic Games in London -- though that's a long ways off.

-- What took so long for Majok to be cleared by the NCAA? For one, he was enrolled in two different type of school systems in Australia. At Evans High School, then Parrametta Marist and the prestigious St. Aloysius, he learned under an Australian curriculum. At American International School, it was an American-based course load. There also apparently were some questions about government-mandated English classes Majok took for a couple of years after getting to Australia. Apparently, at one point, the NCAA believed his high school clock should have started with those classes.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

How close do you think he was to leaving the Uconn and th U.S. to play in Australia when faced with having to wait an eternity to play. Its almost scary to think of how good this team would have been last year if Nate Miles didnt get kicked out, and Majok would have been able to play. Obviously the dyson thing hurt us but to have a shooter like Nate was suppose to be would have made that team complete

December 13, 2009 at 3:50 PM 
Blogger David Borges said...

He briefly considered playing in Europe, but all along I think he was pretty confident he'd be back at UConn.

December 14, 2009 at 9:37 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Is this going to be a one year and done kind of thing? Or do you think there is a chance Ater is actually someone Jim C can build a team around for the future?

December 14, 2009 at 11:50 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

considering the NBA reports on what he did in camp i think he'll be here for a couple of years, a lot of them said he was very raw

December 14, 2009 at 5:32 PM 
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