OSNA Big Man's Class Status Is Up In The Air

Reporter Mike Sullivan has the details on a big man from Our Savior New American ...

Our Savior New American has had plenty of success in polishing big men its had in its basketball program. And this season the Pioneers have Teeng Akol, a 6-foot-11 talent.

"He's a high division one player," said assistant coach Eric Jaklitsch. "He is going to be a very good college player."

Jaklitsch, who also is one of the coaches for the New York Elite, is a hard-working young man who is constantly evaluating talent in gyms across the area and country. So he's a pretty good judge of talent. And he likes the game of Teeng Akol.

There are division one programs that also like Akol, including DePaul and Pittsburgh. "There's no leader," Jaklitsch said. "He has to focus first on the academic side before you worry about the recruiting part."

In other words, Akol first must straighten out whether he will be classified in the 2007 or 2008 class. "There needs to be some clarification first with his academics," Jaklitsch said. "That's the most important issue for him right now."

When it does become clear what class Akol is listed in, expect the list to grow for Teeng. He has the skills to pop in jumpers along the perimeter too. His skill level is of high level division one potential.

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