7-1 Center Headed to New York Program

Increasingly, American Division I programs are looking to the North to Canada to supplement their pool of recruitable talent.

Every year, the number of Canadians in the Division I ranks appears to rise, and it's not just Eastern Canada that supplying the talent anymore, but British Columbia, Alberta, and the Western reaches of the country.

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.

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