Majok's coach says he had a "strong visit"

Kentucky Sports Report's Brian Eldridge caught up with the coach of international player Ater Majok today. Majok, who visited the Lexington campus last weekend, and will be playing in the Derby Festival Classic this weekend in Louisville, is being pursued by some of the nation's top programs.

Billy Gillispie has left no stone unturned while looking for impact players for his Wildcats. He's recruited high school players, junior college players, and now he's recruiting internationally. Forward Ater Majok of Australia made his official visit to Kentucky last weekend.

In Australia, Majok averaged 28 points per game and 14 rebounds along with 11 block shots per game for the American International School. "Offensively, he can play from the three to the five," said Edward Smith, Majok‘s coach at AIS in Australia. "Right now he's better at the four and three," said Smith. "He's 6'10, 222 pounds. We just weighed him today. After a year in college, we think his playing weight would be 235," Smith said.

With that size and ability to score, Majok could be a very tough match up for most collegians. "He can knock down the shot from the outside and take you off the bounce," said Smith.

Majok is also a good defender. "He can defend the four and the five very well. We want him to be able to defend the three eventually. It just takes experience," said Smith. "He's got a 7-foot-4 wingspan. He played volleyball before. He's got great timing on blocking shots," said Smith.

Majok had taken a previous visit to Maryland for their Midnight Madness and he took another visit to Baylor back in August. Smith says there are other possible destinations as well. "He's visiting UConn after the Derby Classic. The last two visits are up in the air. It's between Kansas and UCLA," he said. "He will take a fifth visit if he needs to make another trip."

How was his trip to Kentucky? "He had a good visit," said Smith "It was a strong visit," he said. "He got along well with the guys over there. Coach Gillispie outlined a plan of how they'd use him in the system."

There has been a lot of talk about Majok leaning towards Connecticut, but Smith says otherwise.

"It's pretty even. Previously he had a relationship with one the coaches at UConn, when he coached in Australia. So when they came out, they had a head start," said Smith.

With a few more visits to go, it doesn't look as if this recruitment is even close to being finished.

Majok is currently rated a four-star prospect by

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