Daniel Mading and Arizona State are parting ways, he told SNY.tv on Wednesday evening.
The No. 8 center in the Class of 2017 according to 247Sports.com and the cousin of heralded big man Thon Maker, Mading committed to Arizona State and head coach Bobby Hurley back in December. Mading spent last season at St. Anthony’s under Naismith Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley Sr.
The 6-foot-10 Mading was one of seven St. Anthony’s players to commit to a Division 1 school this past year, but is now back on the market
A native of the Sudan who grew up in Australia, as did Maker, Mading was also being courted by Wake Forest, Missouri, Marquette and LSU at the time of his commitment.
A face-up big man who is strong in transition and who will only get stronger, Mading is hoping to get a waiver to play at St. Anthony’s in 2016-17 despite his age.
“We’ll petition the state because he misses the [age] cutoff by a couple days,” Hurley Sr. said in December. “The state will probably turn it down, so we assume he would probably go to prep school for a year. Or we’ve talked to him already about just staying in school, doing everything we do every day and just not playing the 26 games because if there was ever a generation of kids that could play less games, it’s these dudes.”
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