|Power forward / Center|
4 July 1987 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||233 lb (106 kg)|
|High school||American International School of Sydney|
|NBA draft||2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|Pro playing career||2010–present|
|2010||FMV Işık Okulları (Turkey)|
|2010–2011||Perth Wildcats (Australia)|
|2011||Gold Coast Blaze (Australia)|
|2011–2012||BK SPU Nitra (Slovakia)|
|2012||Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. (Israel)|
|2012–2013||BC Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus)|
|2013||KCC Egis (South Korea)|
|2013||Taiwan Beer (Taiwan)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Ater James Majok (pronounced Ah-TARE Mah-jook; born 4 July 1987) is an Australian professional basketball player. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2011 NBA draft with the 58th overall pick in the 2nd round.
High school & College
Majok was born in South Sudan in 1987. He migrated to Sydney through a refugee camp in Egypt. Upon arrival in Sydney, he bonded with a group of young men from South Sudan, called the South Stars basketball team.
He attended high school at St Aloysius' College in Sydney, New South Wales, Parramatta Marist High School in Sydney and the American International School in Carlingford, New South Wales where he graduated in 2008.
After graduating, he committed to the University of Connecticut. He sat out during the 2008–09 season because he was not cleared to play by the NCAA. Majok joined the UConn roster in the second semester of the 2008–09 season and became eligible for action at the conclusion of the Fall semester in 2009 and had freshman eligibility.
On 20 December 2009, Majok made his debut with the Huskies. He scored one point and collected three rebounds in 16 minutes of action as a starter.
In September 2010, Majok announced that he was leaving Connecticut, though the reasons as to why remain unclear. In all he played 26 games for the Huskies, averaging 2.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
After leaving the Huskies, Majok signed professionally with FMV Isikspor Istanbul, a 2nd-division Turkish club. He played 7 games for them, averaging 13.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks in 28.3 minutes.
On the 23 December 2010, it was announced that Majok signed a six-week contract to cover for the injured Jesse Wagstaff and Matthew Knight with the Perth Wildcats of the NBL. He was benched mid-way through his stint with the Wildcats for failing to attend a team meeting and once his short term contract was up he was released by the Wildcats. Majok played in 8 games for the defending NBL champions where he averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. Despite only having a short stint in Perth, Majok became a favourite amongst the Wildcats fans with due to his shot blocking ability, blocking a total of 11 shots in his first three games.
After his 8 game stint in Perth, Majok then signed with another NBL team, the Gold Coast Blaze as a replacement for injured Aussie Boomers player Mark Worthington. He appeared in 6 games for the Blaze where he averaged 2.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game.
On March 22, 2011, just days before the Gold Coast's final home game of the 2010–11 NBL season against the Adelaide 36ers, Majok was released by the club so that he could advance his preparations and seek out training-camp opportunities in the US prior to the 2011 NBA draft in June.
On 23 June 2011, Majok was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2011 NBA Draft with the 58th overall pick. Ater played for the Lakers in the 2012 NBA Summer League, and averaged 1.7 points in 3 games (1 start).
During the 2012–13 season, he played in Israel and Belarus.
During the 2013–14 season, he spent time in South Korea and Taiwan.
Majok's cousin, Majok Majok, played two seasons for Midland College in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) before transferring to Ball State University (NCAA) for his junior season.
- "Such Great Heights – feature documentary". indivisualfilms.com. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
- At UConn, Wait Is Over for a Warrior From Africa
- Man, Basketball (April 23, 2009). "Ater Majok to enter NBA draft". Courant.com. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
- Ater Majok Non-Factor in Long Awaited UConn Debut
- Brennan, Eamonn (October 1, 2010). "Ater Majok: Leaving UConn not my choice". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
- "Ater Majok Player Profile". RealGM.com. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
- Wildcats sign ex-College player to six-week deal
- Perth Wildcats recruit Ater Majok quashes Sydney loyalty talk
- Blaze sign up Sudanese big man
- Nitra signed Ater Majok & Mamadi Diane
- Majok Majok Bio