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August 12, 2013

Leek (7’ 1”) officially becomes eligible to play at Jacksonville College

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville College head men's basketball coach Jody Bailey was perhaps the happiest man in town Thursday afternoon..

That's because he had received confirmation that 7-foot-1, 245-pound center, Deng Leek had officially gained his academic eligibility.

Leek, who prepped at Wesleyan Christian Academy in Colfax, NC, originally signed with Western Kentucky University out of high school.

Unfortunately Leek failed to meet the academic entrance requirements at WKU and subsequently enrolled at Tallahassee Community College where he played sparingly in the fall of 2011.

He then transferred to Jacksonville College where he has since focused strictly on improving his academic standing.

Leek's hard work in the classroom has paid off and Jaguar fans will finally get a chance to see what the big guy can do on the hardwood when the JC men open the 2013-14 season in early November.

Earlier this summer Leek took part in the All-American JUCO Showcase in Suwanee,GA where he received favorable reviews.

 “We can't wait to get Deng out on the court,” Bailey said. “He has worked very hard, both in the classroom and in the gym and I think we will seem him come in on top of his game when the season rolls around this fall. I really believe our fans will be getting their monies worth when they get to see Deng play and that he will bring a special energy to our team.”

 

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