Majok Off to Europe
Indeed, leaving UConn at the time he did really put Majok behind the eight-ball in terms of finding a pro team. Which, of course, leads to the $64,000 question: Why did Majok leave UConn?
The answer: we still don’t really know, or at least no one's saying. But it wasn't Majok's decision.
“I didn’t want to leave,” he said. “I’m not stupid. Why stay around here all summer, miss the NBA circuit, and then leave? At the end of the day, I had no choice.”
But he wouldn’t elaborate, instead referring the question to his agent, Mike Lelchitski, of the Washington, D.C.-based Sports International Group. Lelthitski wasn’t any more helpful.
“From what I understand, it wasn’t his decision,” Lelthitski said. “I don’t know what was behind it, but it’s pretty clear that it wasn’t his decision – or it wasn’t all his decision. It was his decision to go pro. He could have transferred to another school.”
Majok has been spending most of his time in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area, working out with numerous NBA players (John Wall, Chris Paul, to name a few), as well as at the University of Maryland-Baltimore. He’s slated to fly over to Europe tomorrow, with hopes of eventually hooking up with a pro team – perhaps with help from the Contonu Agreement, which helps players from developing nations find a slot on European pro teams.
“He’s had a lot of offers,” said Lelthitski. “We feel that Ater has a very, very bright future. Being that he’s 23 years old and he’s going to be in the (NBA) draft next year, this next step he’s taking is probably the most crucial one of his career. Is he going to position himself to be a high draft pick in the U.S., or is he going to have an overseas career?”
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