“I’m glad they announced me as being from the Gold Coast (Blaze) instead of UConn, I was actually more exciting to be announced from Australia because not many people have been able to represent Australia (in the NBA)” – Ater Majok takes us through what it was like being drafted by the LA Lakers.
Ater Majok led the NBL in blocks during his short stint in the NBL, playing for the Perth Wildcats and the Gold Coast Blaze. Since then he has gone on to play in Turkey, Slovakia, Israel and is currently playing in Belarus.
Ater also discusses his difficult college career at Connecticut. He discusses the difficulties of being ineleigible to play NCAA and how it affected his career. Majok also runs us through what it was like matching up against Hasheem Thabeet and Kemba Walker everyday at training.
We discuss what role the LA Lakers have played in his career since they drafted him as the 58th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. What it was like playing in the Lakers summer league squad and competing against other Lakers hopefuls for a roster spot each year.
We ask Ater Majok a number of topics like what relationship he has with fellow Sudanese professional basketballers like Luol Deng and Manute Bol, when he plans to return to the NBL as well as what his current relationship is like with the Australian National team and what areas of his game he needs to improve in order to make the next Olympics or World Championship Boomers squad.