Oklahoma Sooners

From Ugandan Refugee To Oklahoma Basketball Player | Garang Joins 2019 Class

M. Hofeld


Civil unrest and war moved Anyang Garang from his home country of Uganda to Australia at a young age. It was in the Land Down Under that he picked up the game of basketball and ultimately became a rising star.

Oklahoma was the only Division I program to offer the 6-8/195 power forward and on Tuesday he officially signed after having initially committed on January 11th.

Considered to be a 3-star prospect, from the NBA Global Academy in Australia, Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger likes what he sees in the kid who measured a 7-foot-1 wingspan, 8-10 standing reach and a 32.5-inch vertical at the Basketball Without Borders event in Los Angeles.

“Anyang is a terrific young guy with huge upside,” Kruger said in a media release. “In terms of basketball, he’s long, athletic and very versatile wing player who shoots the ball well from the perimeter. He’ll fit in extremely well.”

He becomes the sixth member of Oklahoma’s 2019 class, joining guards De’Vion Harmon (Denton, Texas) and Alondes Williams (River Grove, Ill.), forwards Jalen Hill (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Victor Iwuakor (Sulphur Springs, Texas) and center Corbin Merritt (Tallahassee, Fla.).

247Sports has Oklahoma’s 2019 class ranked 3rd in the Big 12 16th nationally.

The Sooners will also have access to Wichita State transfer Austin Reaves who sat the 2018-19 season per the NCAA transfer rule.

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