STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Hamilton Southeastern’s 7-foot-2 Mabor Majak picks Cleveland State for hoops
When you’re talking upside at the next level for basketball recruits in the state of Indiana, Hamilton Southeastern senior center Mabor Majak’s name comes to the forefront of the conversation.
The spry 7-foot-2 fly swatter in the middle committed to Cleveland State over the weekend, giving the Vikings maybe the most value in a single prospect for their 2020 recruiting class.
Last year, Majak averaged nine points and seven rebounds per game. He hails from Sudan in Africa, where he departed in 2015 and left behind relatives fighting in the country’s civil war. Many have died since, according to a profile piece in the Indianapolis Star a couple years ago. In the offseason, he runs with the Indy Elite AAU program.
Cleveland State is coached by Dennis Gates, who is in his first year. A Chicago native, Gates was a shooting guard in college playing in the PAC-12 for Cal-Berkley. Gates’ top assistant and recruiting coordinator with the Vikings is Dru Joyce, a high school teammate and best friend of NBA great LeBron James.
The CSU Vikings went 10-21 under Dennis Felton in 2019. Gates carries a four-pack of expatriate players on his roster this winter — three of whom are set to return for the 2020-2021 campaign — so Majak will be entering a melting pot of a program when he lands on campus in the summer.
It appears CSU has environment Majak can thrive in. His potential is awe-inspiring, for sure. Majak could sneak into the Mr. Basketball race in the Hoosier State, as he and Evansville Bosse Kiyron Powell (Houston) are clearly the best post players in the senior class.
— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN