Majok plans Colorado visit

The Colorado basketball program needs a big, aggressive player to provide some rebounding and defense in the paint. Coach Jeff Bzdelik might have found his man in Majok Majok. Get inside for more.

Majok Majok, (pronounced mah-juk mah-juk) a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward who was born in Sudan, moved to Perth, Australia and ultimately ended up in Northfield, Mass., playing basketball at Northfield Mount Hermon School, is scheduled to visit Colorado next week.

However, the trip might have to be postponed because Majok recently had ear surgery and might not be able to fly so soon. CU is keeping in close contact with Majok, who appears to be one of its top targets for the spring signing period when the program could add as many as three players.

Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik visited Majok in Massachusetts last week and assistant coach Tom Abatemarco is on the Mount Hermon campus today.

"He's an elite athlete, very, very strong," Northfield Mount Hermon coach John Carroll said. "He's a tremendous post player who just attacks the rim."

Northfield Mount Hermon went 23-8 this season and advanced to the prep national championship game. Carroll said his team played eight of the top-10 prep teams in the country this season and Majok was at his best against those teams. He had 11 double-doubles and finished one game with 19 points and 26 rebounds. But Majok is not just a typical post player who does his damage in the paint. He can step out and shoot threes and is capable of handling the ball on the perimeter as well. He fits the Jeff Bzdelik mold perfectly.

"I don't really think he needs any particular attention to any of his game," Carroll said. "I think he is skilled at all of it. He's pretty well-rounded with definite strengths. I just don't think he has any significant weaknesses.

"He passes well. He handles well. He makes good decisions, doesn't have many turnovers. He's one of those kids I love to coach where he works on his game all the time and then when the game time comes, whatever his strengths are, he gets right to it."

Carroll said Majok will likely choose between Colorado, Illinois, Boston College, Oklahoma, Fordham and Harvard. He has visited the latter two schools on that list already and could make three more visits before choosing a school.

Colorado might be the best fit because Northfield Mount Hermon has adopted a lot of the Colorado system in the past two years and Majok is very familiar with it.

Carroll also serves as the school's director of admissions and one of his territories is Colorado. He happened to know former CU women's basketball assistant coach Patrick Harrington, who introduced him to Bzdelik.

Carroll has spent the better part of a week in Boulder in two of the past three years talking basketball with Bzdelik and learning the CU system. He took many elements of it back to his program.

"We actually ran some of Colorado's stuff this year and we ran a lot of it last year," he said. "I think Jeff is an amazing coach and he's one of the best guys in the business. Any time I can get in front of him, I'm going to take him up on the opportunity."

Carroll said he works with all his players on skill development at all points on the floor, getting players outside their comfort zones and expanding their abilities. He said it's another similarity to the CU system.

Carroll said if Majok chooses Colorado, he has no doubt he would fit well in Boulder as a student and athlete.

"He's a terrific kid," Carroll said. "His personality around campus, I mean, everyone just loves Majok. He's a really good kid, very strong academically and he's a beast on the basketball court.

"He would flip right into the Colorado program as far as those three things. You're not losing anything in any area with Majok."

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