Thursday, September 2, 2010

Majok Majok Appears Out at Fairfield

It already looks like there's one prediction your blogger made in The Sporting News' College Basketball Annual's MAAC preview that won't come true.

We picked Fairfield's Majok Majok, a highly touted 6-8 forward/center who appeared to be a candidate for considerable playing time with the Stags this season, to be the conference's "top newcomer."

But, now, it appears that the redundantly named Majok won't be playing for Fairfield this season, if ever.

Fairfield's preseason prospectus, written by the school's sports information department, was released recently and Major is not listed on the team's roster.

A source with contacts within the program has indicated that there is a major paperwork issue that doesn't seem likely to be resolved and that it does not appear that Majok will ever play for the Stags.

Fairfield's sports information staff has not returned e-mail requests for information.

Majok is a Sudanese refugee whose family left the oppression of that African nation to settle in Australia several years ago. His brother, Ater Majok, played one season at UConn before withdrawing from that school earlier this week.

Reports indicate that Ater Majok might return to Australia to play professionally. There is no indication whether Majok Majok's situation at Fairfield has any connection to his brother's.

Majok Majok averaged 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game at Northfield Mount Herman Prep School last season and was recruited by higher level programs, including Georgia Tech and Boston College, before deciding to attend Fairfield. He was expected to be a key member of a Stag frontcourt that, now, is considerably thinner than expected.

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