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Sixers sign Majok Deng

The Adelaide 36ers have acquired 23-year old Sudanese college star Majok Deng for the next three years. The 208cm forward is currently in his senior year at the University of Louisiana (Monroe) and has led the 2015/16 Sun Belt Conference in scoring, averaging 19 points per game. He has also led the Sun Belt in blocks (1.9) third in offensive rebounds (5.3) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage (42). Deng finished sixth in the US in scoring among internationally-born players, and will remain in the US for the 2016 NBA Draft process before returning to South Australia. “I started playing basketball in Adelaide, so it’s great to have the opportunity to come home and continue my journey,” said Deng. “My mum has never seen me play, so to have her at my first professional NBL game will be very special for me.” After coming to Australia in 2000 as a refugee, Deng was recruited to play college basketball after impressing in the Australian U20 Grand Final, and playing locally with the Forestville Eagles. “Basketball changed everything for me. It made me a better person and steered me in the right direction. I’m very passionate about the game,” said Deng. “My goals are to get better every day and to become the best player I can be. I want to work on my all-round game and try to play at the highest level I can.” “Jok” is looking forward to working in the Sixers program, under the guidance of Head Coach Joey Wright. “I think Joey is one of the best coaches in Australia – he is renowned for his player development. He is a player’s coach who wants to see everyone in his team get better.” Wright has followed Deng throughout his college career and said that he possesses a rare set of skills for a 6”10 player in the NBL. “He has the ability to create and finish athletically in the paint, but can stretch the defence by shooting the three-ball at a high clip,” he said. “I feel he's a great fit for our system, and I love how hard this young man works on his game. He has a bright future in the NBL.” Deng joins Mitch Creek, Nathan Sobey, Daniel Johnson, Matt Hodgson, Anthony Drmic and Brendan Teys on the Adelaide 36ers 2016/17 roster.
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