Stony Brook dipped into the Canadian talent pool recently, plucking a developing big man from Calgary, Alberta, when 7-foot-1, 230 pound center Riiny Ngot of Father Lacombe High School gave a verbal commitment to Coach Steve Pikiell's program.
"He could have chosen a lot of college programs," said Michael Richard, Ngot's club coach and mentor. "But he chose Stony Brook because they fit what he was looking for personally."
A native of The Sudan and a member of the Dinka tribe, Ngot is viewed as something of a steal for the America East program. Like many big men, his offense is still well behind his defense, but he's seen as a player with a considerable upside.
"He's a big, strong, athletic kid who is good on the defensive end and rebounding, and he needs some work on the offensive end," said Canadian-based scout Jim Thomas of the All-Ontario Scouting Service. "I think with a couple of years of training at Stony Brook that he's going to be a horse at that level. I think it's a real good get (for Stony Brook)."
Ngot will be joining some family on Long Island when he arrives next year. 7-foot-3 Our Savior New American freshman Ring Ayeul, who arrived at the Centereach school this fall, is Ngot's cousin.