Deng Gak sets dates for four official visits, including Indiana

  • 09/13/2016 8:10 am in

Class of 2017 Blair Academy (N.J.) and PSA Cardinals forward Deng Gak has a date set for his official visit to Indiana.

According to Pat Lawless of MADEHoops, Gak will be in Bloomington on the weekend of Oct. 14-16, which is homecoming weekend.

This year’s homecoming weekend will feature a dedication of the renovated Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall as well as a football game at Memorial Stadium against Nebraska.

Gak also has dates for official visits set with Miami (Sept. 23-25), Florida (Oct. 7-9) and Kansas from Oct. 21-23. Gak is also considering Duke.

At July’s Nike EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam, Gak averaged 4.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game. He’s ranked the No. 129 prospect nationally by the 247Composite and a four-star prospect.

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  • Hardwood83

    Stats (especially in AAU) aren’t everything, but 4.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game isn’t exactly eye-popping.

  • SilentBob

    I said this last time I saw someone post this, and then people swarmed him with the same info. So I hope to not start that again…. But he does back up Bamba on the circuit lol

  • Hardwood83

    Thanks for the context. Is Gak a defensive oriented player? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • SilentBob

    From what I’ve read, you could probably argue that. But he strikes me as much more comfortable, balanced, and skilled than most skinny bigs you ascribe that title. Has a decent jumper working for him, can make some moves off the dribble, and hit cutters and open shooters well it seems. To go along with some really long legs and quality speed.

  • TomJameson

    Is there anybody who has actually seen Gak play? A little personal perspective would go a long way.

    On a different note, it would appear that Gak would be a 3-4 year player. I’d stop short of calling him a project, but it appears that he would need a longer learning curve to acclimate to the B1G climate. That’s where personal perspective would help. 🙂

    Don’t want another PJ.

  • Trevor Howenstine

    Can he catch the ball???

  • Kyl470

    I can agree with you that his stats don’t look amazing, but there has to be a reason that Kansas, Florida, Miami, and Duke are recruiting him as well. If we were competing against small schools or bad teams like Rutgers for him then I’d be a little more concerned.

  • HardRockHoosier

    One big hint that he’s not in that category is.. You didn’t see Duke , Kansas and Florida recruiting those guys. Personally, I’d lie to see Tommy get this guy. We should have a great story to tell him about developing him into a serious NBA prospect.. Put him in our strength training program and watch him grow. He just might be another Loual Deng (sp?).

  • TomJameson

    I agree about the development part, but that still requires a good work ethic on the player’s part. I don’t know much about that, but the guy needs to be a gym rat for an amazing transformation to happen.

    But your are correct about the schools recruiting Gak. One would think that there must be something there.

  • SCHoosier

    Looks like a project to me..but way ahead of Bawa or PJ. Get the boot maker notified.

  • Bill Graham

    This is about the point every year where we stop hearing about the top dogs who were interested in IU (Bamba) and start hearing about the lesser players (Gak). CTC has shown the ability to pick a diamond out of the rough…but It’d be nice to get a Bamba once in a while not another Gak….and yes I get the whole TB, CZ, NH history but other than JBJ we haven’t exactly had a successful track record inside the top 20. And yes, rankings aren’t everything….but I’d just for once love a top heavy class rankings wise rather than one stud and a couple interesting question marks. Gak is an interesting question mark.

  • BL4IU

    Doubt any fan would disagree with you. Salt in the wound – MSU had one this year although no big like Bamba.

    The good news – Gak has fallen significantly in the rankings for the reason you cite, he’s backing up Bamba. Kid will be a steal. I said it awhile back and I’m sticking with my prediction – ultimately, Gak will be better than Bamba. 1″ shorter at 6’11 but 7’5″ wingspan, quicker, better feet. Hope like hell we get him.

  • Bill Graham

    You and Bob have made a solid case for this kid. I guess everyone has that one guy that doesn’t do much for them. Recruiting wise for me its Gak for others its Waters…but the bottom line is CTC has proven he can develop most players…and I’m not completely anti-gak we should have DD back next year which grants wiggle room.

  • spe317

    Everytime I see his name I think of this…

    What kind of a name is Gak anyway?