The long journey of hard word have finally paid-off , Ater Majok will be playing at basketball’s biggest competition after being drafted by NBA glamour club Los Angeles Lakers.
After years in refugee camp in Egypt, Ater settled with his family in Sydney through united nation humanitarian resttlement program.
He pick-up basketball at outer western sydney suburb of Blacktown street and work hard through it to be was selected with the 58th overall pick by the Lakers.
The 208cm tall Majok was the last of the Lakers’ four second-round picks, and will gets to play alongside the NBA biggest superstar Kobe Bryant.
Majok, abruptly left the University of Connecticut last September where He averaged 2.3 points and three rebounds in 26 games with the Huskies before leaving after one season to play professionally in Turkey and Australia for the Perth Wildcats and Gold Coast Blaze in the last NBL season, averaging a moderate 5.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14 games.
The Blaze released Majok in March to allow him to prepare for the draft.
He was eligible for the draft through his time at the University of Connecticut, where he averaged just 2.3 points and three rebounds in 26 games with the Huskies, before leaving after one season to play professionally in Turkey and Australia.
ATer will be 5th Sudanese –born and from Dinka tribe to be drafted by NBA clubs after Manut Bol, Lual Deng, Deng Gai, Longar Longar
Community here in Australia wishes him best of luck to succeed in his career as NBA player As South Sudanese are celebrating the birth of their new independent country, next week, July 9th, T