Prime Time: Deng On His Recruitment

ELIZABETH, N.J. – Blair Academy junior forward Luol Deng is sure to be a priority recruit for a number of teams. Deng gives us the lowdown on his recruitment and where he stands.

No Visits Until His Senior Year

Luol Deng, a native of the Sudan and brother of former UConn forward Joe Deng, is just happy to be here. His return to the U.S. from overseas was delayed last month due to visas problems but he's back living it up in New Jersey. On Thursday night, Deng scored 16 points and grabbed 10 boards as Blair defeated Plainfield 64-55.

The 6-8 Deng is a big-time forward prospect. He's extremely versatile and he'll be even more effective as he adds strength to his frame. Right now, he's a priority for some heavy hitters. Deng's list reads Duke, Maryland, Virginia, Wake Forest, Villanova, Seton Hall, Michigan State and Missouri. Deng says he can't tell just how hard the schools are recruiting at this point but it doesn't matter.

"I know juniors can take visits, but I won't take any until my senior year," Deng said. He was slated to make an unofficial visit to Duke but the visa problem prevented that from taking place. Regardless, he needs to see some campuses before he can move the train in his recruitment.

"(The decision) won't just be about basketball," Deng said. "It'll have to be somewhere that I can fit in well. It's not just about basketball. You have to like the people around you."

For now, there are plenty of people who would like to get to know him better.


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