Deng Gai

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Deng Gai
Personal information
Born (1982-03-22) March 22, 1982 (age 36)
Wau, Sudan
(now South Sudan)
NationalitySouth Sudanese
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High schoolMilford Academy
(Milford, Connecticut)
CollegeFairfield (2001–2005)
NBA draft2005 / Undrafted
Playing career2005–2011
PositionPower forward
Career history
2005Philadelphia 76ers
2006Dodge City Legend
2006–2007Wilmington Sea Dawgs
2007Albany Patroons
2007–2008Śląsk Wrocław
2011Palangos Naglis
Career highlights and awards

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.[1]

College basketball[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Professional basketball[edit]

Gai declared for the NBA Draft in 2004, but ultimately withdrew his name.[4] He was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2005.[5]

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.[6]

In 2007-08, Gai represented Poland's Śląsk Wrocław, but the team folded after that season.

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