Teeng Akol Leaves Team

Teeng Akol, the 6-foot-11 sophomore post player who had yet to appear in any games during the 2009-10 season after suffering a broken wrist in preseason practice, quit the Oklahoma State basketball team during the Christmas break, GoPokes.com has learned.

Akol did not accompany the Cowboys to Connecticut this past weekend for their game against Rhode Island.

Akol, originally from Sudan, signed with Oklahoma State after playing the 2007-08 season at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he averaged 21 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots per game.

He played in just five games during his two years at Oklahoma State, averaging just less than four minutes during the 2008-09 season. His best game as a Cowboy came when he scored two points and grabbed two rebounds in five minutes of action against Mercer on Dec. 17, 2008.

The departure of Akol means that Oklahoma State now has 12 players on scholarship. With Obi Muonelo the only senior on the team, and junior James Anderson expected to declare for the NBA Draft after the season, the Cowboys will be left with 10 scholarship players.

However, five players (two junior college transfers and three high school standouts) have signed with OSU in recent months. Thus, the Cowboys are still two over the NCAA limit of 13 scholarships.

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