Luol Deng Leaves Duke

After weeks of speculation and rumor, freshman forward Luol Deng has made it official – he will forego his final three seasons in Durham and enter the NBA Draft according to a story published in <I>The Chronicle</I>.

Luol Deng becomes the seventh player in Duke history to leave school without completing his four-year career. He joined Elton Brand ('99), William Avery ('99), Corey Maggette ('99), Jay Williams ('02), Mike Dunleavy ('02) and Carlos Boozer ('02) in that fraternity.

In a phone interview with Aldo Deng, Luol's father, the Raleigh News and Observer reported that the 6-foot-8 freshman will enter his name without hiring an agent. However sources confirm to that a return to school will not happen barring an unforeseen catastrophe.

"That Luol gets to the draft with the backing of Duke, that is what the family wants," said the elder Deng. "We aren't worried about Luol getting his education for the fact that education is there all the time. But this [NBA] opportunity is not always there.

With Deng now officially moving on, there is evidence that Duke will seek an additional recruit in the class of 2004. The Blue Devils are also waiting on a decision from prep point guard Shaun Livingston of Peoria, Illinois.

2004-2005 Tentative Duke Roster – Scholarship Players

G- Daniel Ewing, 6-3 Sr
G- J.J. Redick, 6-4 Jr
G- Sean Dockery, 6-2 Jr
F- Lee Melchionni, 6-6 Jr
F- Shavlik Randolph, 6-10 Jr
F- Shelden Williams, 6-9 Jr
G- DeMarcus Nelson, 6-3 Fr
F- David McClure, 6-6 Fr
G- Shaun Livingston, 6-7 Fr

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