Yuat Alok (born 1 January 1997) is a New Zealand college basketball player for the New Mexico State Aggies of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). He previously played for the TCU Horned Frogs.

Yuat Alok
New Mexico State Aggies
PositionPower forward
LeagueWestern Athletic Conference
Personal information
Born (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 25)
Kenya
NationalityNew Zealand
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolImpact Academy
(Sarasota, Florida)
College
Career history
2015New Zealand Breakers
Career highlights and awards

Early life and careerEdit

Alok was born in Kenya, where he played football, and raised in Auckland, New Zealand after moving there with his family in 2005. He began playing basketball in his first year of high school and became a member of the New Zealand Breakers academy.[1] In the 2014–15 season, Alok played for the Breakers in the National Basketball League (NBL) as a development player.[2] At age 17, he moved to the United States for his senior year of high school in order to play for Impact Academy in Sarasota, Florida.

College careerEdit

As a freshman and sophomore, Alok played college basketball at Chipola College, where he was a second-team All-Panhandle Conference selection both years. As a sophomore, he averaged 12.3 points and seven rebounds per game.[3] For his junior season, Alok transferred to NCAA Division I program TCU, being drawn there because head coach Jamie Dixon had previously coached his friend and countryman Steven Adams. Alok was considered the top junior college recruit in the country by JucoRecruiting.com.[4] He played 10 games for TCU, averaging 3.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game, before suffering a season-ending hand injury. On 17 January 2019, Alok transferred to UCF.[5][6] In December 2019, as he was set to debut for UCF, he was ruled ineligible for the remainder of the season. Alok moved to New Mexico State as a graduate transfer.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rogers, Ben (27 June 2014). "Academy star's slam dunk". Stuff. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Yuat Alok International Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Yuat Alok". UCF Athletics. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  4. ^ Givony, Jonathan (28 January 2018). "Yuat Alok, 6–11 JUCO center from Chipola College, commits to TCU". ESPN. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Knights Land TCU Transfer Yuat Alok". UCF Athletics. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  6. ^ Beede, Jason (17 January 2019). "UCF MBB announces TCU transfer Yuat Alok". 247Sports. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  7. ^ Deaver, Colin (28 July 2021). "New Mexico State inks Coppin State transfer Yuat Alok". KTSM. Retrieved 23 September 2021.

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