The 6-foot-11, 233-pound freshman forward becomes eligible to play Dec. 20 against Central Florida. A native of the Sudan who served time in a detention camp in Egypt before living in Australia, Majok joined the Husky roster last January and was eligible to practice with the squad for the remainder of the season, but was not able to play in games.
“Oh, my God,” said senior guard Jerome Dyson after the Duke game when asked how Majok will alter the team’s rebounding efforts. “The rebounding will step up. I definitely can assure that. It’s going to be a bigger lineup. It’s going to be faster. He’s fast, too. And it’s going to be fun to watch.”
Against a supposedly “unathletic” Duke team, the Huskies were outrebounded 56-43, and 25-14 on the offensive glass.
Majok, who dropped 30 points in a Greater Hartford Pro-Am game over the summer, tested the NBA Draft waters but never hired an agent and ultimately pulled his name out. Pro teams in Spain, Italy and Greece were reportedly interested but he opted to return to campus at least in part because UConn coach Jim Calhoun has developed so many NBA big men.
Said Calhoun: “At 6-10 with a 7-foot-7 reach, he’s going to make a major splash in our league.”