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USF Men’s Basketball adds commitment from 6’6” Wing Madut Akec

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The #Baymade small forward brings the Bulls class to five.

NCAA Basketball: Southern Methodist at South Florida Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

USF men’s basketball head coach Brian Gregory added another commitment to the class of 2018 in the form of 6-foot-6 high three-star wing Madut Akec out of Bradenton’s Victory Rock Prep.

The #Baymade forward originally from Jube, South Sudan becomes the fifth member of the signing class that is immediately eligible, and sixth if you count four-star transfer Zack Dawson.

Akec averged 19.3 ppg and 9.9 rpg this past season for Victory Rock Prep and is ranked as the no. 23 player on FloridaHoops.com; fellow USF signee Michael Durr is also on the list at no. 26.

Basketball runs in the family as Akec’s brother, Deng Adel is currently a forward for Louisville and landed on the all-ACC honorable mention list in 2017-18.

“Madut is a tireless worker and I’ve seen firsthand his energetic passion for the game become contagious among his teammates,” Gregory said. “Madut’s winning acumen will be a positive factor as we continue to build our program.”

Akec adds to a USF signing class that includes 6-foot PG Xavier Castaneda, 6-foot-11 C Michael Durr, 6-foot-6 SF Rashun Williams and 6-foot-10 C Antun Maricevic. The Bulls also added the aforementioned Zack Dawson via transfer. All players are mid to high three-stars according to 247sports and the recruiting site ranks the class 4th in the American Athletic Conference and 65th in the nation.

The last time the Bulls had a class ranked that high was 2015, and none of the players from that class completed their time with the program.