As soon as Nate Roberts chose Washington and Mike Hopkins over the Syracuse Orange earlier this week, focus shifted to a somewhat mysterious prospect named Majur Majak. The 7-foot-1 Majak is a native of Sudan and boasts offers from Seton Hall, Washington, and UConn (among others), but… who exactly is this kid?
I’ll be honest, it’s a little tough to find much information on the very tall and very thin prospect now playing in New Jersey (he spent last season at Roselle Catholic, after playing the previous year in California, and will play at The Patrick School this year). From what I can gather, he’s relatively new to the game of basketball, but per his new head coach, quoted in an article by Mike Waters, he’s shown rapid improvement over the summer.
Waters also noted that Majak spent time at Dankind Academy, a program dedicated to helping kids from South Sudan find a future in basketball. Check out this video about Majur and his brother, which, based on the year it was produced, would indicate that Majur only really started learning the game of basketball a few years ago:
This past summer, Majak played with the NY Jayhawks on the AAU circuit, where he teamed with, among others, local CNY star Frankie Policelli. He also competed at the Deng Camp, a series of camps run by Luol Deng with the purpose of giving exposure to international players. Majak had a big camp, being named the Defensive MVP and First Team All-Camp after averaging 15.8 points, 14.2 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks-per game. He also shot 55% from the field and 33% from three point range, though just 52% from the free throw line.
Here are some of the highlights from his time at the Deng Camp, which certainly back up his new high school coach’s claims that he’s made rapid improvement:
— DENG Camp (@DengCamp) July 20, 2017
After watching his 2016-17 highlights (and some older ones as well), it’s a pretty significant jump to what he’s doing in the above clips. He looks far less lost on the floor – a product of playing organized ball more and more, no doubt – and physically more aggressive and assertive.
Now, make no mistake: Majak is still a project recruit. He’s skinny (his official weight at the Deng Camp was 211), but certainly his height and length (7-foot-6 wingspan) are enticing, and make him an intriguing option for the middle of the 2-3 zone.
We’ll see how things play out with Majak, but since he’s such an enigma, I figured it was worth diving in and trying to dig up whatever information was readily available through a few Google searches.