Monday December 11, 2017

South Sudanese Ater Majok picked by LA Lakers in 2011 NBA Draft

Bith Jonathan

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LOS ANGELES– The Sudanese-born Australian was the number 58th pick in the order of the draft by the NBA franchise club.
 
However, Ater is likely to be a development project due to the fact that he was the last pick of the Lakers four second round picks.
 
Ater migrated to Australia with his family and begun to play his trade with Perth Wildcats of the nation&146;s top tier called NBL (National Basketball League) before Gold Coast Blaze of the same league contracted him.
Furthermore, Ater at one season (in 2009-10) played at University of Connecticut as a freshman averaging 2.3 points and 1.6 blocks in about 26 games, thus making him eligible for the year’s draft.
 
The 208cm tall South Sudanese join the likes of Luol Deng of Chicago Bulls to have a shot at the basketball&146;s biggest championship.
Its widely anticipated that, many colleges in US will be courting South Sudanese talents in the next few years following the successes of Deng and late Manute Bol in their various clubs.
 
South Sudan is still recovering from 21 years civil war that lost more than 2 million of its people. But developments with regard to sports have been promising. Recently, a Unity State basketball team has been selected to represent the whole of South Sudan in an East African basketball tournament, where they lost in a hard fought semifinal.
 
The Upper Nile Times
Bith Jonathan

Bith Jonathan is an award-winning journalist and columnist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media and journalism from the prestigious kenyan school of mass media.


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