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Melbourne sign Majok Majok

It has been a long journey in every sense, but Majok Majok is about to arrive in the NBL with Melbourne United. Born in South Sudan, Majok moved to Perth with his family as a boy, spent six years in the United States at high school and college, and just completed his first pro season in Europe. But the exciting and athletic 206cm centre is bringing his game and enormous potential back to Australia, and not without a grand welcome. Majok, who was today presented with his new Melbourne jersey in front of the Sudanese community at their National Basketball Festival was also joined by NBA super-star Luol Deng. Deng, a two-time NBA All-Star and veteran of eleven NBA seasons, is in Melbourne to attend the tournament and host a special clinic for young basketballers from Melbourne’s Sudanese community. “I’m excited to be a part of Melbourne United and I’m looking forward to building a championship contender and being a member of a great culture,” Majok said. “I chose Melbourne because they have a great organisation, management, and coaching staff. I can’t wait to start working with them.” “It’s also great to come back and play at home, where family and friends can easily come and watch me play.” Majok’s determination to make his mark is clearly evident from his basketball journey, leaving his family in Perth to attend high school in the US for two years. From there, Majok spent two years at Midland College, where he was named to the All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference team as a senior, earning a scholarship from Ball State University. At Ball State, Majok emerged as a genuine inside presence to lead the Mid American Conference in rebounding as a senior, ending his two years with 10.9 ppg (51.8% FG) and 9.9 rebounds while starting 56 of 59 games. Majok’s first pro season with Helios Domzale in Slovenia realized 6.9 ppg (60.7% FG) and 6.1 rebounds in 32 games, priming him for the step into the NBL. “Majok is a talent who can really make his mark on the NBL,” Melbourne United CEO Vince Crivelli said. “We are excited to have signed Majok and cannot wait to see him in action for us.” A historic day for Melbourne basketball given the strong Sudanese talent which is currently playing in Victoria’s Associations; Majok joins a roster near finalisation with Nate Tomlinson, Dave Barlow, Daniel Kickert, Todd Blanchfield, Chris Goulding and Chris Patton also under contract.
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