Akron Secures Third Transfer, Deng Riak from East Carolina

By Published: 5/3/2017 10:15:33 PM Custom Tag

Courtesy: Akron Athletics

Akron, Ohio – The Akron Zips will be adding a third transfer to the men's basketball program after receiving a signed National Letter of Intent from Deng Riak (Melbourne, Australia), head coach John Groce announced on Wednesday.

"Deng is a perfect fit for our program," Groce said. "He is big and strong, and he can impact the game on both ends of the floor. He is a skilled frontcourt player that can score inside and out with an extremely high basketball I.Q. Deng's length and I.Q. will allow him to be one of the best defenders in the MAC."

Riak is a 6-foot-10 forward arriving from East Carolina and will be eligible to compete during the 2018-19 season. While at East Carolina, Riak appeared in eight games as a freshman (2015-16), but suffered a season-ending injury after only 45-minutes of competition.

As a redshirt freshman (2016-17), Riak played in all 33 games while making 17 starting appearances. He averaged 21.3 minutes per game, posting 3.2 points and 5.2 rebounds a night. His 171 total rebounds ranked third-best for the Pirates, while Riak's 15 blocked shots were tied for second on the team.

Riak scored a season-high nine points against SMU on a 3-of-7 shooting effort from the field, including a 1-of-2 performance from deep and 2-of-2 showing from the free throw line. He blocked at least one shot in every game for 13 contests, and registered a pair of blocks in two games last season. In addition, Riak added a pair of double-digit rebounding efforts, grabbing 11 and 10 in both outings against Tulsa.

"Deng has a relentless drive to be a great player," Groce said. "His work ethic and determination allow him to improve everyday. He is only going to get better and better during his sit-out year, and we look forward to Deng impacting our team."

Prior to his time at East Carolina, Riak played high school hoops with recent signee Loren Jackson at Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton, Fla. He averaged 12.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a senior and was rated as a Top 12 prospect in the state of Florida.

The C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office is now accepting deposits for 2017-18 men's basketball season tickets. Fans, can place deposits online anytime on GoZips.com/Tickets, or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on Mondays through Fridays by either calling 1-888-99-AKRON (25766) or visiting The C.P. and Cornelia S. Chima Athletics Ticket Office at InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field (located at 375 E. Exchange Street, near Gate 1 at the southwest corner of the venue, at the corner of E. Exchange and S. Union streets). Attention, existing season ticket holders' renewal information will be arriving shortly.
Published: 5/3/2017 10:15:33 PM Custom Tag