Mangok Mathiang, a 6-10, 205-pound center out of the Sudan via Melbourne Australia, Carbondale, Ill., and finally Bradenton, Fla., IMG Academy, has been cleared academically and will begin classes at the University of Louisville on Monday.
Mathiang (whose first name apparently really is pronounced "Mango") committed late to the Cards after reclassifying to the class of 2012. He still has one more step in the eligibility process to complete, but was to be with the team when Rick Pitino holds a meeting this afternoon to talk about academic matters.
Coaches have not commented on Mathiang, and won't until his eligibility process is complete.
Mathiang wasn't just under the radar, he was off the U of L recruiting radar (at least when it comes to the usual reporting sources) when he committed to U of L on August 1. It's been an unusual process, with Cardinals coaches quiet about the prospect as he works to become eligible.
Mathiang isn't likely an impact player for the Cardinals in the coming season, with so much depth in the front court already. But he has some potential, and chose U of L over Georgia, Kansas State, Mississippi State and Auburn.
U of L coach Rick Pitino, meanwhile, had a rare late haul this season, with Montrezl Harrell and Mangok Mathiang both coming into the fold late.
(Unrelated note: Both players have a silent letter in their first names. Interesting.)
More to come as information becomes available ...
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