Unsigned senior guard Junub Chuol is one of the most unknown stars throughout our region. Sure he carries offers from the likes of UMass, Wyoming and others. Sure he played on the EYBL for the New York Lightning this past summer, and he averaged 9.5 points and 54% from the field. But still, Chuol is unknown.
That should change soon. Chuol is of South Sudanese decent, but was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. American born, Chuol was identified early as a major basketball prospect. Last year he played at Blair Academy using the Luol Deng scholarship to attend. This year he transferred down to Fayetteville to attend Village Christian.
To add to matters worse, Chuol struggled with a foot injury to start the season. Just as games started, he had to go back home to Omaha where he nursed his foot injury and took care of his mother was also sick at the same time. Come January, Chuol was healed and he came back with a vengeance. Just in time for league play.
Remind you, the Fayetteville private school league is jam packed with talent. Night in and night out you get Joey Baker, Milos Stajcic, Greg Gantt, Josh Nickelberry, Milos Galogoza, Audiese Toney, Ian Steere, Jahmari Harvey and others. No nights off. Fresh off a foot injury, through his first month of the season, Chuol is averaging 19 points and 6 assists, shooting 40% from three and 55% from the field.
When you watch him, you immediately notice the quick twitch explosion. Some people in stands said he reminded them of Dennis Schroeder. For us, he is a little more along the lines of Myck Kabongo. He has that type of frame to go with that type of sheer speed. However, you cannot deny that jump shot. He is making it at a 40% clip this year, and shooting it confidently off the bounce and the catch.
Kurtis Darden, the two-time defending state champion head coach at Village Christian has players throughout D1 and D2 basketball currently, including Washington State, Air Force and others. He says candidly that Chuol is the most talented player he has coached.
Most recently Virginia Tech, LaSalle and Oklahoma State has been in contact most recently. More schools at that level will continue to hear about him and come see him…So much talent, and kid is one of the best around.