Sunday, January 16, 2011

Child of Sudan Happy to Play Basketball at Cal

Vittorio Tafur writes for the San Francisco Chronicle:

As he walks to get a burrito with his teammates, headphones around his neck and books in his backpack, Bak Bak looks like just another Cal student. A tall one, mind you, but the 6-foot-9 sophomore wears an easygoing nature and excitedness about the future as comfortably as he wears his Cal basketball sweats.

Bak has every reason to be thrilled about what lies ahead. He has bounced back from some academic troubles his freshman year and is doing well at one of the toughest schools in the country. After adding 25 pounds to his slender frame over the past two years, Bak is coming off the bench for the Bears, even scoring 12 points in a win over UC Davis last month.

And he is alive.

"I should be dead probably," Bak said. "Two or three times, I got very lucky."

He was born on Dec. 27, 1989, during the Second Civil War in Sudan that left an estimated 2 million people dead. Included in that number were Bak's sister and three uncles. Read more....


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