One of the nation’s top-100 seniors is getting ready to cut his list and could to it as soon as today.
Deng Gak, a four-star 6-foot-11 power forward from Blair Academy and the PSA Cardinals AAU program, tells Peegs.com that his cut down is coming soon.
“Probably going to cut them tomorrow!” Gak texted Peegs.com on Friday night.
Gak is ranked No. 82 nationally in the 2017 class by Scout.com.
Gak has a number of offers, including Indiana, Duke, Florida, Kansas, Miami and others.
Tom Crean and his IU coaching staff have been very active watching Gak.
The Hoosiers watched Gak and the PSA Cardinals consistently in all five evaluation periods, the two in April and three in July.
For the PSA Cardinals, Gak primarily plays as the backup to five-star center Mohamed Bamba.
“His confidence is coming,” PSA Cardinals coach Terrance Williams told peegs.com earlier this month. “He’s been able to go through the gauntlet of a 16-game EYBL season. He’s been to some camps and done well. He’s been better in practice.
“He understands what he can do at this level and understands what he needs to improve on for the next stage of his personal career.”
IU has a connection to the PSA Cardinals, the program for whom current IU center Thomas Bryant played.
SCOUTING REPORT FROM SCOUT.COM:
Deng Gak is an Australian post prospect that made his way to the United States at the beginning of his junior year. At 6-foot-10, Gak has good size and length. He moves fluidly and runs the floor extremely well. Gak has good athleticism and quickly bounces off the ground.
Gak, who played for the Australian in the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships, has a nice set of tools on the offensive end, as he has a very good set of hands and impressive touch around the basket and from short range. Defensively, his athleticism, length and ability to get off the floor, help him as a shot blocker and he can certainly be effective in this area.
The issue, at this stage, is he's not physically ready yet, as he lacks the strength to play physical. With that said, he has a good basketball frame and as he gets older and spends more time in the weight room, his body will fill out.
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