March 22, 1982 |
Wau, Sudan (current South Sudan)
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school||Milford Academy
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|2006||Dodge City Legend|
|2006–2007||Wilmington Sea Dawgs|
|Career highlights and awards|
|MAAC Defensive player of the year (2003–2005)|
Deng Gai (born March 22, 1982) is a South Sudanese former professional basketball player. A power forward, he played in the NBA and in several other leagues. Gai was the 2005 NCAA Division I men's basketball season blocks leader. He is also a cousin of NBA player Luol Deng.
After attending Milford Academy in Connecticut, Gai played college basketball at Fairfield University (also in the state), where he was a three-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and took the Stags to the MAAC semifinals in 2005. Gai graduated as number eight on the NCAA's all-time blocked shots list.
As a senior, Gai was named first team All-MAAC, leading the nation in blocks (5.5 bpg) while blocking 10 or more shots in three contests.
After playing in only two games for the team, Gai was waived in December 2005. He then briefly played for the USBL's Dodge City Legend and the ABA's Wilmington Sea Dawgs. Subsequently, Gai, who had been drafted in 2005 by the CBA's Albany Patroons (2nd round, 10th overall), played for the team in the USBL, leading it in blocks. At the end of the season, he was named to the league's All-Defensive Team.
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 13 or more blocks in a game
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball season blocks leaders
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career blocks leaders
- http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/g/gaide01.html Deng Gai NBA Stats | Basketball-Reference.com
- Andrea Woo, "Hard Road to Hardwood Glory," Sports Illustrated, March 14, 2005
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- USBL reveals 2007 “ALL-USBL” teams