The Hurricanes landed a significant commitment for 2017 when four-star forward/center Deng Gak pledged to Jim Larranaga‘s program.
Gak, listed at 6-foot-11 and 200 pounds, chose Miami over Duke, Florida, Indiana and Kansas. He is rated No. 16 among centers by ESPN and the No. 93 player overall.
He joins four-star point guard Chris Lykes (5-7, 150) and New Zealand power forward Sam Waardenburg (6-9, 205) in Miami’s 2017 class. Lykes is rated by 247Sports as the No. 15 overall point guard. Waardenburg is not rated.
Gak, who was born in Egypt and grew up in Australia, is of Sudanese descent. He plays at Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy.
In Australia, he played at the same academy (Centre of Excellence) as Miami freshman guard Dejan “DJ” Vasiljevic.
* In other basketball news, former Hurricanes guard Sheldon McClellan made the Washington Wizards’ roster. McClellan, UM’s leading scorer last year, was an undrafted free agent.