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Top JUCO Basketball Prospect Yuat Alok Verbally Commits to TCU

The New Zealand native says his relationship with the TCU coaches was the tipping point for his decision.

TCU Basketball at Vanderbilt, January 27th, 2018
TCU Basketball at Vanderbilt, January 27th, 2018
Melissa Triebwasser

The top Junior College basketball player in the country is bringing his talents to the Scholly, after verbally committing to Jamie Dixon and the Horned Frogs Sunday evening. Yuat Alok currently plays for Chipola College in Marianna, FL, where he is averaging 12.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks a game in his sophomore season. Alok is shooting 55% from the field, 44% from three, and - something Frog fans will love - 82% from the free throw line. This evening, he told 247Sports that he was verbally committing to TCU over Baylor, though it was a difficult choice for him. “I had a good relationship with David Patrick and also Jamie Dixon... Even last night I couldn’t sleep. I just kind of thought about it and the relationships I had with the coaches, that’s when I felt it was the place for me to go.”

He describes himself as a versatile player, and at 6’11” with that kind of range, it certainly rings true. With big men Valdimir Brodziansky, Ahmed Hamdy, and Kenrich Williams all graduating this spring, finding experienced size that can play multiple roles was key to this class. Alok certainly fills that need.

A native of New Zealand, he took his official visit to TCU in December, and it made a big enough impact on him to earn his commitment, despite a hard push by the Bears and LSU. Alok is the fourth commit in TCU’s class of 2018, one that is currently ranked 32nd in the country. He joins top 100 prospect Kaden Archie, PG Kenric Davis, and center Russell Barlow.