2020 Victory Rock F Mawot Mag talks transition to basketball, recruitment and more

Grassroots
Florida

Posted On: 06/27/18 8:08 AM

Mawot Mag’s first sport growing up in South Sudan was soccer.

One day soon thereafter his father told him to play basketball for a change and he’s been playing ever since.

Mag says it was really weird dribbling basketball instead of kicking a soccer ball at first, but once he got used to it, he enjoyed it.

Last year was Mag’s first in the states. The 2020 prospect moved to Australia in 2003 due to the war in South Sudan and have been there since 2017.

The 6’7″, 215-pounder makes athletic plays often on the floor and has a seasoned jump shot at Victory Rock.

He called his sophomore year really good.

“We came up on top and won the National Championship at The Grind Session. As the season was progressing my confidence grew a lot, ever since I’ve got used to the game system over here,” Mag told Prep Hoops. “My handles and jump shot improved my confidence a lot because I’ll be able to beat opponents off the dribble using my length and size to finish and shoot over opponents due to my length.”

One offer is out there for Mag from DePaul. He is running with the Florida Sons this summer.

Mag pointed to his biggest strengths as his size, passing and length.

“I’m a big guard so I’m able to post up smaller defenders, shoot over them, force other defenders to help and I’ll be able to either create for my teammates or score,” he said.

He says he wants to get better at ballhandling.

“I really believe that I can play the point guard position,” Mag said. “Me playing the point guard position with my ability to create for others and use my length would really help my team.”

The South Sudanese is a versatile player for a tall and athletic Victory Rock team in the SIAA. He is essentially a point forward who can pass with the best of them in transition and get it done on his own. There is so much raw potential waiting to come from this rising junior. Mag’s name is one you’ll hear plenty soon enough.