Deng's cousin to join Wildcats

Deng's cousin to join Wildcats
June 21, 2012, 1:01 am
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Steve Wojcik
CSNChicago.com

Any team that finishes 333rd in the country in rebounding and 127th in blocked shots, as Northwestern did last season, is likely in desperate need of an interior presence.

The Wildcats may have found their man today, rounding out their 2012 recruiting class with the school's biggest addition ever - and we mean that literally.

Chier Ajou, the 7-foot-2 cousin of Bulls forward Luol Deng, has decided to join the Wildcats, becoming the tallest player in the school's history.

"The addition of Chier completes a terrific freshman class that we're very excited about," Northwestern head men's basketball coach Bill Carmody told NUSports.com. "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."

The recruiting class Carmody is referring to includes incoming freshmen Kale Abrahamson, Sanjay Lumpkin and Alex Olah, as well as, transfers Jared Swopshire from Louisville and Nikola Cerina from TCU.

Northwestern returns 4 of 5 starters, and hopes to build on a successful 2011-12 season that saw the team fall just shy of making its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.