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This is John Riek

Current Mississippi State freshman big man John Riek, all 7-1, 242 pounds of him, has quickly become a fan favorite. Who is this big man, where did he come from, and how good can he become?

John Riek, who grew up in war-torn Sudan (his brother and father both died in the war in Sudan) then moved to Ethiopia with his remaining family where they lived in a village without running water and electricity and children weren't allowed out after 6 pm due to the danger of tigers and hyenas after dark, first arrived in the United States in mid-January, 2007 where he initially attended prep...

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