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IBN Notes: Fleeing a civil war in 1988 that has killed thousands in Sudan, Luol and his parents (and his three brothers, Deng, Ajou and Akuie, and five sisters, Arek, Akon, Abuk, Ayek and Chier) spent about 6 years in exile in Egypt.  Luol Deng then found himself in South Norwood, England, where his father was granted political asylum.  He eventually took up basketball, after growing too tall for football, where a recruiter spotted his unique skills and brought Luol to the Blair Academy in New Jersey, USA.  Deng excelled (on and off the court), and was listed as a top-two player in the majority of high-school player rankings (behind LeBron James), as well as earning First Team All-American by both Parade Magazine and USA Today and playing in the McDonald's High-School All-American Game.  His talents allowed his to attend basketball (and academic) powerhouse Duke where he continued to succeed (Deng was named Third Team All-ACC and was a unanimous ACC-All Freshman selection, also named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Atlanta Regional)  Now Deng, after a wrist-injury that sidelined him for part of his rookie campaign, with his versatile skills and work ethic, is one of the most promising stars of the NBA.  What an amazing journey and an amazing story.

Quotes: "I donít like to think what Iíd be doing if Iíd stayed in Sudan. I could have had to fight. My life would have been very different. Iíve been so fortunate to be given this opportunity when others are struggling to survive." - Luol Deng, 2004

Luol Deng Profile

Name: Luol Deng (Lu-owl Dang)
Position: Guard/Forward
Born: 04/16/1985
Status: Active
Origin: Wow, Sudan
Height: 6-8/2,03m
Weight: 220lbs./99,8 kg.
Schools: Blair [N.J.] Academy, Duke '04
Drafted: 2004, first round, 7th overall by the Phoenix Suns. Traded by the Suns to the Chicago Bulls for a future conditional first-round draft pick, the draft rights to Jackson Vroman (31st overall pick) and cash on 06/24/04.
Languages: Dinka, Arabic and English
Website: InterBasket
Teams (jersey): Brixton Topcats, Blair Academy (33), Duke Blue Devils, Chicago Bulls (9) 

IBN Facts: Deng was born in Sudan, however has spent significant time in his young life in Egypt, the UK, as well as the United States. The Dinka tribe that Deng is from yields the some of the tallest people on the Earth. At Blair Academy, he was ranked as the second best high-school player behind phenom LeBron James and one of his teammates there was Charlie Villanueva of UCONN and now, the Toronto Raptors.  When at Duke University, Deng won ACC Rookie of the Week on six occasions, good for second-most in conference history.  Made the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Luol Deng Links From our forum:  World Beyond Basketball  Sudan Basketball Forum  Article(s):  Triumph and Despair (The Guardian, UK) Deng Leads Bull's Charge (The Luol Deng Interview ( 2004) Luol Deng, Gritain, and the Nike Brainwash Effect (Associated Content)