22 March 1978 |
(now South Sudan)
|Nationality||Sudanese / British|
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school||St. Thomas More Prep
|NBA draft||2003 / Undrafted|
|2008||Slavia Tu Kosice|
Ajou Deng (born 22 March 1978) is a Sudanese-British professional basketball player. He is the son of Aldo Deng, a former Sudanese politician and is the brother of Luol Deng, an NBA player who is also his teammate on Great Britain's national team.
The 6’11" center played his university basketball in Connecticut with the Fairfield Stags from 2001 through 2003 after two years playing for the UConn Huskies from 1999 through 2001. His career was known for not measuring up to the tremendous amount of hype that preceded his arrival at UConn. College Basketball analysts like Billy Packer and Dick Vitale once predicted that he could be the best player ever at UConn.
After graduating from Fairfield, Deng returned to Great Britain, where his family had been granted asylum, and joined pro outfit Brighton Bears for the 2004-05 season. In 37 games Deng scored 428 points, an average of 11.57 per game, and averaged nearly 10 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. He started the following season with the Scottish Rocks before joining the Guildford Heat.
He played 37 games during the 2005-06 season, scored 398 points - an average of 10.76 per game - and had 6.43 rebounds and one block per game. Deng was named BBL player of the month in March 2006 and was a BBL All-Star that year as well. He won a BBL Cup winner’s medal with Brighton his first year as a professional.
Deng sat out the 2006-07 season with an ankle injury. He underwent treatment in Chicago, United States, where he stayed with his brother, Luol Deng, a forward for the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. Deng returned to the Heat on 7 December 2007 to replace Carlton Aaron, who had recently been cut by the team.
Deng left the Guildford Heat in February 2008 before the BBL Trophy Final to join Slavia Tu Kosice of Slovakia.