Video: 2017 center Deng Gak Peach Jam highlights

  • 08/11/2016 3:16 pm in

Class of 2017 Blair Academy (N.J.) and PSA Cardinals big man Deng Gak recently announced a list of five finalists that included Indiana. Gak is also considering Duke, Florida, Kansas and Miami (FL).

The Indiana recruiting target averaged 4.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game last month in the Nike EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam.

With the help of Krossover, we recently broke down some film of Gak from the Peach Jam to provide Indiana fans with a feel for his game and style of play.

You can find more Nike EYBL highlights at Krossover.

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  • BL4IU

    Love this kid. Great feet, quick jumper for someone so long. Unless he grows into his body a bit more this HS season, probably a backup his freshman season at IU. Notwithstanding, would be a blast watching this kid develop. Big sleeper in this recruiting class.

  • millzy32

    Pistol Pete Jurkin type stats. Hope this is an anomaly.

  • SCHoosier

    Plays in a smooth style..potential for sure. Can’t believe he’s up there on Duke’s list given they can usually take whoever they want.

  • Bill Graham

    I thought Egwu graduated already…Seriously I don’t know why we pursue big men that aren’t good. This kid is 6-11 and he didn’t even average 4 rebounds a game! Tremont Waters averaged 4 rebounds a game and he’s 5-10!!! Hate to be so negative on this one but I don’t want a project BIG man. We simply don’t have the depth with TB leaving…we need a Richards or Bamba to step in and immediately contribute…we dont want this kid…

  • SilentBob

    Gotta remember he is backing up that Bamba kid on the circuit. If he was starting for another team, his numbers would probably be much better. There’s ability there, a lot of rawness too, but he is much further along than Hanner or Peter coming out of high school. He isn’t all athlete, he seems to understand the game.

    I’m gonna have to agree with BL below and say this kid would be a nice get, assuming the rest of the class fills out like it needs too.

  • straight no chaser

    He is ranked #77 nationally, but he is #7 among centers. We offered two others in the top 6, so it makes sense to offer a third center as backup. Among these top 7, there are only two 5-stars, and we gave an offer to one of them.

  • Oldguyy

    On the same AAU team as Bamba. Guess who starts and plays most of the minutes?

  • Bill Graham

    I get it guys he would probably have better stats if he played more minutes. I just find it interesting that all three of you (appear to) think that he would be a good get…when you 3 have all at (over the summer) noted that we have to start getting some of the top dogs recruiting wise and not settling for so many project guys…I still don’t like his game…there’s nothing there that sticks out to me unlike Bamba or Richards

  • Bill Graham

    In other news…Kevin Wilson just signed a 6-9 355lb offensive lineman…if I were Crean I might be having a chat with that young man when he gets on campus.

  • BL4IU

    Bill, this kid is no “project”. He’s a solid four-star ranked nearly 25 spots ahead of JM last year and I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t climb the board much higher like TB did during his final HS season. I believe he’s playing behind Bamba solely because his body isn’t as mature. In many ways, I see more potential. Suggest you watch the following youtube video: watch?v=kOd5u-KWrcY. Beginning at the 17 second mark, you’ll see a baseline drive, a spin dribble for a lay in, an up-and-under move, a left hand drive down the lane, a nice jumper near the free throw line and a kid that is really quick off his feet blocking shots. Yeah, Gak is no Jurkin or April. He’s a tremendous 6’11 athlete that just needs to mature a bit physically. A season in our strength and conditioning program and he’ll be a beast on both ends of the floor. Just my humble opinion 🙂

  • Bill Graham

    Good points all around. I just don’t want CTC to sign to many of his diamonds in the rough in this class because its LOADED! And I agree the highlights you are referring to are much more impressive than what I’ve seen…For me Bamba and Richards are cream of the crop…and we were heavily targeting Williams…and I was slightly opposed to that because he’s a step behind Bamba and Richards…but this kid seems a step behind Williams…Its nice to have a four year player but I just dont want us to fall out of our Zeller, Vonleh, Bryant pattern.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    He has a really quick first step in the post. Really good footwork from what I can tell. It is amazing how these kids work.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Caleb Jones from Lawrence North High School. Jones did play basketball very early in his high school career before deciding he’d like to focus on football. He moves his feet fairly well (I write for an IU football site and graduated from Lawrence North so I’ve seen him play football a few times) and could maybe be a decent post presence with some work but he wasn’t interested in playing both sports in high school so I’m doubtful he will change his mind when he gets to Bloomington. Plus, tight end and former part-time IU basketball player Jordan Fuchs hasn’t really progressed all that well for the football team so I’m not sure Kevin Wilson will be too interested in seeing any of his guys on the hardwood.

    The best basketball player on the football team is probably Donavan Hale. Hale’s from Florida, had a scholarship offer from the Gators and was nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game. He’d be a good walk-on addition but he has expressed no interest in that. For those familiar with Sean Damaska, a former walk-on tight end for IU, he is now walking-on at Northern Illinois as a basketball player. Anyway, I won’t clog up the thread with any more football talk but I thought it was semi-relevant to your comment, have a good one!

  • millzy32

    Then we need Bamba. Lets get the real deal not his fall back plan.

  • BL4IU

    I’ll stick with my earlier prediction – Gak will end up being better than Bamba. Know I’m in the minority. Anyway, I’d take Bamba, Richards or Gak and be happy.

  • millzy32

    You may be right but it may not be what you think. They could both be flops but Gak could just be a little better. Only time will tell. Hopefully we get whichever one will actually ultimately better. Again, time will tell.

  • TomJameson

    Not really taking sides here, but this seemed a good spot to make a couple of points. First is that nobody really knows how a player makes that adjustment from HS to CBB. Except for the elite 5-stars, nobody really “knows”.

    Second, as a comparison (example) take Hanner. All excuses/reasons aside, he just never quite made that “jump” (pun intended) to CBB. Yet he was a highly ranked 4-star as well. Rivals had him as #43 in the class and 9th in his position. Maybe not as high as Gak, but close enough for a comparison like this.

    I’m just saying that’s it’s really tough to make projections either way about a player based on a few highlight reels.

  • SilentBob

    While I agree with every word you just said, my point still remains. I don’t see a Hanner or a Peter when I see what we do have to look at. This guy is making moves off the dribble, hitting cutters, stepping out on screens and still getting back to effect plays at the rim! He’s talking to his teammates and just looks much more comfortable moving.

    Before I say this, let me say I’m not taking a shot at you, or really taking a shot, I just know it’ll come off that way to some. But I honestly don’t see any similarities between those players outside of them all being long, skinny, black guys with foreign names. With the game being born here, I understand the foreign concern in terms of rawness. Especially amongst big men. However, I don’t think we’re having this conversation if his name is Thomas Bryant. Granted I wouldn’t compare him to Thomas either lol.

  • IUBizmark

    Why on earth would we want a 355lb. guy on the court?

    Excited for his abilities as a lineman though!

  • SilentBob

    Hey man, y’all have been hitting me with the look at his list treatment. So here I am to do it to you lol. I don’t think he is a huge project, he could be ready for back up duty as a freshmen and I don’t think landing him impairs our ability to continue chasing a big dawg. We need talent that’s ready to come in right away and contribute, but we don’t nescarily need three one and dones or two and dones.

    We should have both a sophomore De’Ron and a junior Morgan. I know you’re not as high on Morgan as me, but thats at the very least offering good defense and glass production. I’m still hammering on the wings lol.

  • SilentBob

    Watched his video again. Go to 1.47 or so. Hanner as a junior in college would have overcommitted on the block and probably fouled there. This kid realized he’d been beat, stayed with it, and put himself in good rebounding position

  • Bill Graham

    Haha I agree I’d rather have an elite wing with De’Ron on campus.

  • Bill Graham

    LOL! ya the article I read on him said he needs to majorly trim up before taking the field…Maybe Wilson can help shape him into a mobile big body!

  • Bill Graham

    Ya I’ve seen Hale’s highlights…and honestly he’s more impressive than guys like Devonte and Grant…but we are so deep at guard positions I doubt he’ll come out…Side questions… Has Lagow won the QB job yet??…I’m on pins and needles thinking that Wilson is going to give Diamont a crack at it (very unpressed with him…ya he’s had some good runs but he isn’t a good decision maker at all). Also why not redshirt Patrick?? If he truly is our best player and he’s out until October…wouldn’t it be more beneficial just to let Redding take the reigns this year…that way we have a guaranteed elite back for the next two….Just my thoughts…I’ve started to follow FB closer because I think Wilson is turning things around.

  • Bill Graham

    My thoughts exactly….Prioritize the best players first…then fill the cracks…we often take the opposite approach and end up with several projects (Priller, Gelon, April, Jurkin) etc. etc.

  • Bill Graham

    I agree with your point about his handles…He’s skinny which is troublesome and he doesn’t look to add weight easily…but he can put it on the floor and he’s agile…he might be a solid run the floor get a bucket get a block guy…while a better big (Richards, Bamba, etc.) is resting…it sounds like thats how he’s being used know…contrarily he should (theoretically) evolve into a George Leech type and make a good junior-senior center.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Hale is an incredible athlete…I just don’t think he loved basketball nearly as much as football.
    -Lagow and Diamont are still very much in competition. I expect Lagow to eventually get the call as QB1 and he’s improved his footwork quite a bit in a short period of time. Diamont looks better this fall but I think Lagow will eventually be “the guy”.
    -Camion Patrick…well, I can’t say much here for a variety of reasons (I truly hate being vague and I think it’s obnoxious so I apologize! But, you asked so I’ll do what I can). I think he’ll be back for the beginning of the Big Ten season (at the latest) and he would make a big enough impact (he’s very, very good…it’s not just blowing smoke hype) that he shouldn’t redshirt. In addition, Camion has waited a long, long time to get on the field for a Division One school and he’s worked extremely hard to get to this point. If he’s healthy enough to go, and he should be, he has no interest in redshirting again. Redding is a very solid player, keep an eye on Mike Majette, Devante Williams and the gigantic Tyler Natee. The Hoosiers have a great stable of backs.

    Hope that shed some light on your questions…have a great weekend.

  • bleeding crimson

    That’s part of the problem, he doesn’t run the floor well, he’ll get eat up in college speed esp ours.

  • Bill Graham

    Indeed good to hear.

  • TomJameson

    Bob, I know you have more basketball “savvy” then me, and you sound like you know more about Gak than I do, so I lend a little more credence to your opinion. My ONLY point is that Gak’s highlights above, which is the only highlight film I’ve seen, could very easily be misleading. If you’ve seen TWO highlight reels then you are way up on me. 🙂

    I happen to think Hanner’s highlight clips were very misleading, but at the time I was really excited by his recruitment!

  • SilentBob

    Tom, you are far too kind, but I’m unsure of how one could even determine such things. I figure if I blabber on long enough people might get confused into thinking I know something! Or just get tired and let me win the argument, which is fine by me as a little brother who never did win arguments hahaha.

    Anyways, I too am uneasy with adding a so called “project” big, but I don’t think that’s what we have here. We have a skinny kid, no doubt. BUT I think his skill set is one of the most advanced of any bigs in this class. Of anyone to be in or program recently he honestly reminds me most of a skinnier, yet more agile Luke Fischer. If ya check out some other videos, he is amazing at hitting his teammates out of the post, knocking down Js, and even working some on the perimeter

  • SilentBob

    Are you trolling me or are we not watching the same player? Cause everything I’ve seen on this kids suggest he moves his feet tremendously well for his height.

  • SilentBob

    Aw man, I was thinking more along the lines of at least Jeff Newton lol. I mean is he really that much skinnier than Nerlens Noel or Thon Maker coming out of high school? I honestly think this kid could be a 6’10? 6’11? Stretch four in time, and that has to be extremely intriguing to any coach.