Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Teeng Akol, a 7 foot, 239-pound native of the Sudan, has committed to Oklahoma State.
“He visited Saturday and Sunday,” said Fatah Muraisi, Akol’s advisor and mentor. “He liked everything, from (head coach) Travis Ford to recruiting coordinator Steve Middleton to the academic support they have. He liked the whole environment. It’s a high major program.”
Akol originally committed to South Florida, but then changed his mind. He also considered Nebraska, but did not end up visiting that campus. Ford had recruited Akol, who was at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. this past season, when Ford was at UMass.
“Travis recruited him for the last two years when he was at UMass and now,” Muraisi said. “Travis knows Teeng’s style.”
Muraisi added that Akol knows several Oklahoma State players, including 6-11 F/C Ibrahima Thomas, who is remaining with the team and not transferring, despite rumors to the contrary.
“Teeng knows Ibrahima Thomas,” Muraisi said. “Just having some other people there that he knew, that was a big plus.”
Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.