VCU lands ESPN top-100 2017 forward, Mayan Kiir
Will Wade and his staff added yet another exciting piece to what is easily now one of the best recruiting classes in VCU history, reportedly picking up a commitment from 6’9 forward Mayan Kiir. Kiir chose VCU over final five group that included the Rams alongside, Louisville, NC State, LSU and Illinois.
The addition of the Victory Rock Prep product gives the Rams two ESPN top-100s for the class, joining ESPN’s 99th-ranked player in the class Lavar Batts. It also gives VCU one of their biggest classes in recent memory, joining versatile ESPN 4-star forward Sean Mobley (6’9 225) as well as 3-star bruiser, the 6’7 265-lb Marcus Santos-Silva in the front court.
The Rams are set to graduate Mo Alie-Cox and guard/forward Jordan Burgess this offseason, then will have to replace Justin Tillman the following season. Fellow big Ahmed Hamdy-Mohamed is currently classified as a senior by the NCAA with the Rams hoping to get him cleared for one more after playing just three seasons of college basketball.
With Kiir the Rams add a long and athletic forward who attacks the basket on offense and can alter shots on the defensive end.
He is one of several players who has made his way to high-major DI hoops out of Melbourne Australia’s Longhorns program, a basketball organization that has become a home to South Sudanese ballers living in Australia.