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June 15, 2009Freshman forward Ater Majok has removed his name from consideration from this month's NBA Draft and remains in line to compete at UConn when being declared eligible in December.
Majok, a 6-foot-10 power forward originally from Sudan via Australia, faced a deadline of 5 p.m. Monday for making a decision. He originally entered the NBA Draft with the intentions of judging where he stands against the nation's premier college talent.
"It will allow me to get a better idea of what areas in my game need improvement and make me a better player in the future," Majok said in a statement released by the school on April 23. "I will not be hiring an agent and I enter this process with the full intention of assessing my abilities and returning to Connecticut in 2009-10."
According to the Hartford Courant, UConn head coach Jim Calhoun said Saturday that Majok is still considering a professional career.
"He's going to do whatever he feels he needs to do," Calhoun told The Courant. "It's not much more complex than that. I don't think he'll go home. I think it's either [UConn] or Europe. I'm not trying to [get a feel for which way he's leaning]. The other kids are coming to join our program. You have to want to join our program. And I think Ater does, but he has a lot of responsibilities."