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Inside John Bol Ajak’s journey and commitment to Syracuse

John Bol Ajak stood near mid-court at West Chester University, wearing gray sweatpants and a gray sweatshirt donning a “W” across the front. All he wanted to do was play. Around him, Westtown (Pennsylvania) High School took the court for warm-ups before playing Roman Catholic (Pennsylvania) High School.

For the last six weeks, Ajak, a Syracuse commit, had missed practices and games with a hip injury. He stood at the free throw line as his teammates warmed up, smiling and laughing. Once the game started, Ajak spent more time standing in front of the Westtown bench than sitting in his chair.

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