Tucson Salpointe Catholic small forward Majok Deng is one of the top players in the 2019 class. The lengthy four-star recruit scored nearly 16 points with nine rebounds and two blocks per game his sophomore year.
Standing at 6-foot-5, 180-pounds, Deng already holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Grand Canyon University, New Mexico, Utah and Vanderbilt.
Deng’s ascension is impressive, but even more impressive knowing that he picked up a basketball for the first time just four years ago. Deng and his family are refugees from South Sudan. They came to Tucson in January 2011. Part of his family stayed back to fight in the civil war.
“Coming to Tucson was a place I wanted to see so bad,” Deng said. “It’s like from here touching the sky. That what people talk about America (being). I just wanted to come to America to see what’s here. I could see Tucson as opportunities. Picking up a basketball and having people help you and learning from that, going to school and learning something that you might use in the future…This will always be home for me.”
When Stanford played Arizona this spring in Tucson, Jerod Haase went to watch Deng play in Nogales, roughly 100 miles south of Tucson. Deng said Stanford is a program he has had an eye on because of the education he can earn and bring knowledge back to his home country when he is done with basketball.
Sports360AZ produced a 13-minute documentary on Deng’s journey and future.