Weather Updates

Mooseheart: The off-court story

Akim Nyang 17 MangisDeng18 Makur Puou18 all play for Mooseheart High School basketball team. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times Media

Akim Nyang ,17, Mangisto Deng,18, and Makur Puou,18, all play for the Mooseheart High School basketball team. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times Media

storyidforme: 43913753
tmspicid: 15322247
fileheaderid: 6927361
Article Extras
Story Image

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.

For the rest of the story, CLICK HERE.

This story was produced in partnership with ChicagoSide Sports at

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.