Ater Majok

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Ater Majok
Trefl Sopot
Position Power forward / Center
League Tauron Basket Liga
Personal information
Born (1987-07-04) 4 July 1987 (age 28)
Khartoum, Sudan
Nationality Sudanese
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school American International School of Sydney
(Sydney, New South Wales)
College Connecticut (2009–2010)
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
2010 FMV Işık Okulları (Turkey)
2010–2011 Perth Wildcats (Australia)
2011 Gold Coast Blaze (Australia)
2011–2012 BK SPU Nitra (Slovakia)
2012–2013 Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus)
2013 KCC Egis (South Korea)
2013–2014 BG Göttingen (Germany)
2014–2015 Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
2015–present Trefl Sopot (Poland)
Career highlights and awards

Ater James Majok (pronounced Ah-TARE Mah-jook; born 4 July 1987) is a Sudanese professional basketball player who currently plays for Trefl Sopot of the Tauron Basket Liga. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2011 NBA draft with the 58th overall pick.[1]

High school and college career[edit]

Majok was born in Sudan (now 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 also from Sudan, called the South Stars basketball team.[2]

He attended high school at St Aloysius' College and Parramatta Marist High School in Sydney, and the American International School in Carlingford 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. In January 2009, Majok joined the UConn roster and was eligible to practice with the squad for the remainder of the season, but was not able to play in games.[3] In April 2009, he declared for the 2009 NBA draft but did not sign with an agent.[4] About a week before the draft, he decided to withdraw his name and returned to UConn.

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.[5]

In September 2010, Majok announced that he was leaving Connecticut, though the reasons as to why remain unclear.[6] In 2009–10, he played in 26 games for the Huskies, averaging 2.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.[7]

Professional career[edit]

2010–11 season[edit]

In October 2010, Majok signed a two-month deal 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. After his contract expired, he left Turkey.

On 24 December 2010, Majok signed a six-week deal with the Perth Wildcats of the Australian NBL as an injury replacement for Jesse Wagstaff and Matthew Knight.[8][9][10] In 8 games for the Wildcats, Majok averaged 7.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Despite his 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.[11]

On 12 February 2011, Majok signed with the Gold Coast Blaze for the rest of the 2010–11 season as an injury replacement for Mark Worthington.[12] On 22 March 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 United States prior to the 2011 NBA draft.[13] In 6 games for the Blaze, he averaged 2.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.[11]

2011–12 season[edit]

On 23 June 2011, Majok was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 58th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.[1] In August 2011, he signed with BK SPU Nitra of Slovakia for the 2011–12 season.[14] In 41 league games for Nitra, he averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.4 assists per game.[15]

2012–13 season[edit]

Majok joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2012 NBA Summer League.[16] In 3 games (one start), he averaged 1.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 15 minutes per game.[17]

In September 2012, he signed a short-term deal with Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv of Israel but left a month later before appearing in a game for them. In November 2012, he signed with BC Tsmoki-Minsk for the rest of the 2012–13 season. In 13 VTB United League games for Tsmoki-Minsk, he averaged 4.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.[18]

2013–14 season[edit]

On 3 September 2013, Majok signed with KCC Egis of Korea for the 2013–14 season. On 29 October 2013, he was released by Egis after just 12 games. The next day, he signed with Taiwan Beer for the rest of the season. On 12 November 2013, he was released by Taiwan Beer before appearing in a game for them.[19]

On 30 December 2013, he signed with BG Göttingen of Germany for the rest of the season.[20] In 23 games for Göttingen, he averaged 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.[21]

2014–15 season[edit]

On December 12, 2014, Majok was acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League.[22] On February 25, he was waived by the D-Fenders after suffering a season-ending MCL sprain to his left knee.[23]

2015–16 season[edit]

On September 1st, 2015, Majok signed with Trefl Sopot of the Polish Basketball League.[24]

Personal[edit]

Majok is the son of James Majok and Amer Jacob, and has three brothers, Kashual, Orokey and Jacob and two sisters, Agum and Awod.[25] Majok's cousin, Majok Majok, played college basketball for two seasons at Midland College in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) before transferring to Ball State University (NCAA) for his junior season.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lakers Trade Draft Rights To Chukwudiebere Maduabum". NBA.com. June 23, 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Such Great Heights". SoulCreative.com.au. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  3. ^ At UConn, Wait Is Over for a Warrior From Africa
  4. ^ Man, Basketball (23 April 2009). "Ater Majok to enter NBA draft". Courant.com. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Ater Majok Non-Factor in Long Awaited UConn Debut
  6. ^ Brennan, Eamonn (1 October 2010). "Ater Majok: Leaving UConn not my choice". ESPN.com. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ater Majok Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Wildcats sign exciting big man Ater Majok
  9. ^ Wildcats sign ex-College player to six-week deal
  10. ^ Perth Wildcats recruit Ater Majok quashes Sydney loyalty talk
  11. ^ a b Player statistics for Ater Majok
  12. ^ Blaze sign up Sudanese big man
  13. ^ Blaze release Majok for NBA Draft preparations
  14. ^ Nitra signed Ater Majok & Mamadi Diane
  15. ^ ATER MAJOK basketball profile – 2011–12 stats
  16. ^ 2012 Lakers Summer League Team
  17. ^ 2012 Summer League Statistics
  18. ^ ATER MAJOK basketball profile – 2012–13 stats
  19. ^ General basketball transactions: 2013/14
  20. ^ "Ater Majok ersetzt Bobby Davis bei der BG Göttingen". Goettinger-Tageblatt.de (in German). 30 December 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  21. ^ ATER MAJOK basketball profile – 2013–14 stats
  22. ^ D-Fenders Acquire Ater Majok
  23. ^ D-Fenders Acquire Alfred Aboya
  24. ^ "Ater Majok signs with Trefl Sopot". Sportando.com. September 1, 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  25. ^ Ater Majok Bio
  26. ^ Majok Majok Bio

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