Mayan Kiir commits to VCU

Class of 2017 power forward Mayan Kiir has committed to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

Kiir previously announced his final 5 schools on Twitter, naming VCU among LSU, Louisville, NC State and Illinois.

After conducting an official visit to Louisville in June, it was widely predicted that the young Aussie would commit to the Cardinals. However the interest later dwindled, and following a successful visit to VCU in October, the Rams soon became the front runners for Kiir's signature.

VCU fans were extremely active on Twitter in encouraging Kiir to join the Rams. Rams supporters are sure to be excited with the commitment of Kiir, with VCU's 2017 recruitment class ranked 23rd in the nation by 247 sports.

The 6'10 big man is of South Sudanese descent. Originally hailing from Melbourne, he moved to Florida to attend Victory Rock Prep where he is currently completing his senior year. Victory Rock Prep currently has 8 Aussies in its basketball program. It is also the same school that Mangok Mathiang, Deng Adel and Gorjak Gak attended before gaining scholarships to high-major schools.

The high energy big man was named as a top 100 prospect by ESPN, ranking at 95th. Scout hoops ranks Kiir as the 15th best PF in the class of 2017. Known for his toughness around the basket and ability to run the floor well, Mayan Kiir represented team Australia at the Adidas Nations tournament, where he averaged 11 points and 7 rebounds per game. He also has experience playing for Team USA at the Adidas Eurocamp, however he was recognised as an international prospect, similar to Thon Maker in 2014.

Prior to making the move to the US, Kiir played for the Waverley Falcons and the highly successful Longhorns basketball club, which has also produced the likes of Mangok Mathiang, Emmanuel Malou, Deng Deng, Deng Adel and Kuany Kuany.

Mayan Kiir will commence playing for the Rams as a college freshman in the 2017/18 season.