For a guy who never had a chance to taste March Madness, Ater Majok’s Connecticut career ended up much like the month’s weather forecast: in like a lion, out like a lamb.
Majok’s arrival in Storrs came with almost breathless anticipation, with hopes and expectations that the former Sudanese refugee would follow in the talented big man footsteps laid before him.
Instead Majok’s career started late while his eligibility was cleared up, and finished with a whimper. In 26 games he averaged only 2.3 points and 3.0 rebounds. On Tuesday, the university announced he had withdrawn from the school.
His numbers might imply Majok won’t be missed.
And ordinarily he wouldn’t be, but these are no ordinary times at UConn. Already mired in a horrific offseason, thanks to a love note from the NCAA that penned the organization’s notice of allegations, Majok’s late decision is more salt in the wound.
The Huskies last year missed the NCAA Tournament and finished a pedestrian 18-16. Their biggest problem: scoring.
Now Jim Calhoun heads into the preseason down a big man in an already slim-pickings frontcourt that struggled to score even with Majok.
Whether Majok would have found the firepower to match -- he’s blessed with great length and skill -- is impossible to know, but he did have promise as something more than just a rebounder.
Do the Huskies need to beware the Ides of March again?