Mooseheart: The off-court story
BY DANIEL LIBIT ChicagoSideSports.com February 1, 2013 9:36AM
Akim Nyang ,17, Mangisto Deng,18, and Makur Puou,18, all play for the Mooseheart High School basketball team. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 1, 2013 9:40AM
It wasn’t the craziest experiment ever conducted in northwestern suburbs of
Illinois – where the Fermilab has been humming since 1967 – but it was perhaps
one of its most combustible.
Three Sudanese high school basketball players -- Mangisto Deng, Makur Puou
and Akim Nyang – arrived on the campus at Mooseheart Child City and School,
near Batavia, in May 2011. Thereafter, a bureaucratic and media storm took hold
over whether the towering trio (rising to 6-foot-7, 6-9, and 7-foot, respectively) should be permitted to stand among the shrubs of Class 1A Illinois basketball.
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