Schools Begin To Emerge With Majok

The recruitment of Ater Majok has been a hot high-major affair. With head coaches buzzing him, Majok has offers from some select programs and just about everyone is making a run at him.

Head coaches are beginning to assert themselves in the recruitment of Carlingford (Australia) Australian American Institute's Ater Majok. The 6-foot-9 power forward who runs with the Heat of Virginia for one more week, heads home to Australia in the near future.

Majok's recruitment has taken off. "Coach Calhoun flew down twice, which he never does," American contact John Coleman told "It's been great."

Calhoun hasn't been alone. West Virginia's Bob Huggins has been in as well. Ditto for Seth Greenberg and Scott Drew. Among the interested parties we count Kansas, UCLA, Baylor, Oregon, Oklahoma State, LSU, California, St. John's and Maryland. Others have shown interest but these have seen him.

"In terms of the meeting where we've had extended talks it's UConn and West Virginia," Coleman said. "They're making a strong push and Oregon. They're really trying to push to get the kid.

"We need to narrow the list down and once it's been narrowed the kid will probably take visits. I know he wants to take the visits and that's the only way he can see where he'll be living and which programs can help him. I think UConn, West Virginia, Oregon and Maryland are very high on the kid's list."

The plan is for Majok to head back to Australia early next week after competing in a tournament in Martinsville, Va. Majok will return to the States in January.

"That's when he's going to take his visits. He'll have been far removed from everybody. It's been cumbersome but when they get across the pond he'll have time to soak things in and figure out what is going to be the best steps; which environment is going to be conducive for the next level and get his degree."

Majok's a unique story. He fled the Sudan to Australia where he advanced his reputation as a player. He committed to Baylor earlier this year, de-committed and visited Maryland. Since playing in the U.S. this fall he's become possibly the hottest frontcourt recruit in the nation.

"This is the type of kid who has overcome incredible odds," Coleman said.

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