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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

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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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