Hoops Recruiting: Teeng Akol Heading To OSU

Teeng Akol, the 7-foot power forward originally from Sudan who has spent the past three years in the United States, confirmed Tuesday night that he has verbally committed to Oklahoma State. Akol attended the IMG Academy this past year and originally committed to South Florida before learning last month that he would not be admitted to the Big East Conference school.

Akol said Tuesday night that committed to first-year coach Travis Ford after visiting Oklahoma State over the weekend. He also was being recruited by Nebraska.

Akol said he plans to fly out of Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday en route to Oklahoma and will enroll for the fall semester at Oklahoma State which starts next week.

"I really liked Coach Travis," Akol said about his visit to Oklahoma State. "It was really nice. I liked the campus and the clean air. I really liked the environment (around the team), and saw that everybody was like one family."

The 7-foot, 230-pound Akol spent two years in New York (he played at Our Savior New American) before transferring to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., last year.

He looks forward to joining friend Ibrahima Thomas, who was a freshman this past year for the Cowboys. "I can do a lot of the same things he can do," Akol says. "He's a great player. I think we will have good chemistry."

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