Prep Showcase: Deng Gak, of Australia, shows potential

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Prior to his outing at the National Prep Showcase, Australian Deng Gak wasn't a household name, but if his play at Albertus Magnus College on Sunday was any indication he soon will be.

One of the most intriguing prospects at the National Prep Showcase was 2017 power forward Deng Gak.

A native of Australia, Gak made his way to the United States in September and he’s started to draw interest and rave reviews from those in the Northeast.

“The change has been good,” Gak said of his move to Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy.

Gak helped Blair Academy knock off Cushing Academy on Sunday with a 14-point, 10 rebound effort. At 6-foot-9, he has good size, length, mobility, hands and touch around the basket.

But Gak thought he could have played much better.

“Everything from being assertive to playing defense to helping my teammates, I don’t think I did that well at all,” Gak said when asked about his performance.

Gak, 17, played for the Australia’s U19 team in the FIBA U19 World Championships. Gak averaged four points and four rebounds in just 15 minutes of action in the event. 

“I’m kind of a pass first big guy, so I’m kind of quick and athletic,” Gak said when asked to describe his game. “I like catching in the high post and driving off that and shooting jump shots. Kind of like an Anthony Davis type.”

Prior to the coming to the United States, Gak had heard from SMU. Gak said Cincinnati, Duke and SMU have come by his school, while Kansas and Rutgers have also shown interest.

Gak also recently took an unofficial visit to Rutgers.

“It was cool,” he said. “I went to my first football game. That was probably the biggest sporting event I’ve been to. It was cool. Sports are very different here.”

Gak is currently regarded as a four-star prospect.

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