Tucson Salpointe Catholic (Ariz.) small forward and 2019 prospect Majok Deng received an offer from Stanford this weekend.
Deng has been longing for this offer for quite a while. The Sudanese refugee first picked up a basketball in 2012, and highly values a strong education in hopes to “bring knowledge” back to Sudan when he gets his college degree.
“It's special because you know how high of an education school they are. For me to be to be recognized as one of those student-athletes and be wanted to go to Stanford means a lot.”
Standing at 6-foot-5, 180 pounds, the four-star recruit holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, GCU, New Mexico, Utah, Vanderbilt, Portland and USF in addition to the Cardinal.
Deng was in Oakland playing with Powerhouse Hoops for a tournament and made the trip to Stanford, where he spent some time with head coach Jerod Haase.
“They took me around the school, (we) saw the campus,” Deng said. “We talked about what it takes to be to actually be a Cardinal."
Stanford has been keeping tabs on Deng for a while now. They even drove to Nogales, an hour and a half south of Tucson, to watch Majok play when the Cardinal were in town to play Arizona this spring.
“That was huge for them to drive to watch me play. It was meaningful," Deng said. "They have been very supportive of me. They want the best for me, and they really want me in their program...That's where everything kind of started to come together.”
Deng is coming off a sophomore season where he averaged 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds and two blocks per game. While he wrapped up his season that ended just short of an Arizona state championship, his club team, Powerhouse Hoops, had him step away for a few weeks to recharge physically and mentally in preparation for a busy summer.
“They actually helped a lot with my mental game,” Deng said. “There is a period of time where I kind of sat after the high school season. I was overworking.... they told me to rest for some time because I was overworking.”
Deng is focused on his improving his game before focusing on his recruitment.
“The door is still open right now,” Deng said. “I just barely finished my sophomore year. I'm not thinking about that yet. I have to get better for me to really think about that.”
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