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Luol Deng, Sudan/UK
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.
Name: Luol Deng (Lu-owl Dang)
Origin: Wow, Sudan
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
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 Newspaper.org.uk) Luol Deng Interview (Nba.com 2004) Luol Deng, Gritain, and the Nike Brainwash Effect (Associated Content)|