DeaconSports Exclusive Interview: Luol Deng

One of the nation's top three basketball prospects in the class of 2003, Luol Deng, spoke with DeaconSports this week. Deng talked about his recruitment, Wake Forest, and the NBA.

DeaconSports got in touch with one of the top three prospects in the class of 2003 in Blair Academy (NJ) forward Luol Deng this past weekend. Deng, a 6-7 combo forward, gave us the latest on his recruitment.

"Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia, Texas, Missouri, Fairfield, and George Washington are the teams I'm looking at right now," Deng said. "All of those teams have offered."

While those seven are in contention, Deng noted that none of those schools have the upper-hand in the battle for his services. "Right now, I have no favorite, but everyone says I favor Duke. I don't have a favorite."

Deng went on to note that he plans to take his official visits in September, but does not know which schools he wants to visit officially yet. "I am going to take some unofficial visits before September," Deng noted, "and I want to visit all seven if I can."

When asked about his impression of Wake Forest and Coach Skip Prosser, Deng had a favorable impression on both accounts. "When I met the coaches, I was already interested in the school for a while. I liked how the school was set up and it was not a very big school which was good. When I met Skip, I really liked him a lot."

As for his summer plans, Deng plans to go home to his native country in June. He will then attend the Nike camp in July, and play AAU basketball with the Demons as well as summer leagues in Connecticut for the rest of the summer.

While Wake Forest seems to have as good of a shot at Deng as the other six schools after hearing his thoughts on the program, it may just turn out that no college will get to have Deng wear their respective jersey.

When asked about the NBA, Deng responded that the thought of going pro had crossed his mind. "I have thought about [the NBA] and people have spoken to me about that. But it really depends on how I do this summer. Right now, I would say [I'm going to] college for at least a couple of years. But this summer, I will see how I'm doing and then I will be able to decide."


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