WKU basketball recruiting update: Deng Leek

15 09 2010

One of the players that will be making a recruiting visit to Western Kentucky this weekend is Wesleyan Christian Academy (North Carolina) seven-foot, 240-pound big man Deng Leek.

I spoke with Leek’s prep coach Keith Gatlin this afternoon about Leek and his overall ability as a player.

“He’s a defensive stopper, a big shot blocker,” Gatlin said. “That’s his main thing, he’s a very good defender. He’s not a guy that you can just throw the ball down into and expect to put up buckets. He needs to be cutting to the basket, coming off picks and getting quick finishes.

“But he’s athletic. He can move. He can run the floor really well for a guy his size. … I think he’s going to be a guy that’s a force defensively (in college), and if he can pick up a move here or there he could be even better. But his real impact will be blocking shots.”

A native of  Sudan, Leek’s tie in with WKU at the current moment is a relationship that he has with current Hilltopper sophomore forward Teng Akol, according to Gatlin. Akol, an Oklahoma State transfer,  also hails from Sudan.

Gatlin said he was surprised to learn that Leek wanted to take a visit to WKU due to the fact that no one on his coaching staff has heard from anyone on the Hilltopper staff. But Gatlin said that Leek’s relationship with Akol seemed to be enough for him to give WKU a look.

Gatlin said he believes Leek would like to have a college destination picked by the early signing period in November, but that location and getting grade clearance would be the biggest factors in his decision.

As far as other teams showing interest, Gatlin said that he and his staff have heard from a number of schools, including Washington, Virginia Tech and Charlotte.

Our friend Jason Stamm at InsideHilltopperSports.com lists Charlotte, George Washington and Alabama State as schools that have officially offered. He also lists Alabama, Indiana and North Carolina State as possible suitors.

Leek is currently listed as a three-star center by Rivals.com.

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