June 20, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern head men's basketball coach Bill Carmody has announced the addition of Chier Ajou (pronounced SHEER ah-JOE) to the program for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
At 7-foot-2, Ajou becomes the tallest player in Northwestern history. He competed for two years for Culver (Ind.) Academies prior to attending prep school last year at St. Thomas More School in Connecticut.
"The addition of Chier completes a terrific freshman class that we're very excited about," Carmody said. "He is an outstanding young man who is athletic, has great upside and is a good fit for our program. He'll provide our team with a dimension we haven't seen in a while."
Ajou helped Culver Academy to its first state final appearance in school history in 2011 as the team reached the 3A championship game. He averaged 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 59 percent from the field.
Ajou then attended prep school for one year at St. Thomas More, posting averages of 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per contest.
He joins Kale Abrahamson, Sanjay Lumpkin and Alex Olah as true freshmen for Northwestern in 2012-13. In addition, Jared Swopshire joins the Wildcats after graduating from Louisville and has one season of eligibility remaining, while Nikola Cerina has two seasons of eligibility at NU beginning next season after transferring from TCU. Northwestern returns seven letterwinners--including four starters--in addition to redshirt freshmen Tre Demps and Mike Turner.
Aweil, South Sudan/St. Thomas More (Conn.)
High School: Averaged 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game during 2011-12 prep school season at St. Thomas More ... Helped guide Culver Academies to its first Indiana state finals appearance in 2011 as the team finished as the 3A state runner-up ... Averaged 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 59 percent from the field ... Honor roll student ... Dean's list ... Coached by Allan Huss and Mark Galloway at Culver and Jere Quinn at St. Thomas More ... Competed on AAU circuit for Indiana Elite and Triumph White.
Personal: Born Chier Ajou on 9/22/91 ... Son of Ateng Akon Kohn and the late Ajo Akuei Ajou ... Cousin of Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls ... Chose Northwestern over Butler.
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