Luol Deng, RivalsHoops.com's number two ranked player, almost singlehandedly defeated the New York Ravens. Unfortunately for Deng's New Jersey Demons, they just plain ran out of gas. Each time Deng worked his way downcourt, he was met by two and sometimes three swarming Ravens.
Despite this intense defensive pressure, Deng managed to help propel his team to a second half, 15-point lead. But the deep and talented Ravens wore down the backcourt of the Demons and won this game late. Coach K from Duke, along with his assistant Chris Collins, appeared to be very impressed with Deng's performance. Also showing their love for Deng was UVA's hard-working assistant Walt Fuller, who stayed the entire tournament to scout Deng. On hand today also was an assistant from Indiana University.
Yesterday, Deng told us that Indiana was a school he is now considering. He continued to state that today, saying he was going to take a look at the Hoosiers and how they play. This is the reason why Deng is watching tapes of the Indiana offense. On one player, Deng moved downcourt like a point guard and split the Ravens' swarming defense. He then wrapped a pass around a started Ravens' defender to give his teammate an easy layup. The next sequence Deng banged down a three-pointer. The following offensive possession he threw a gorgeous pass to a cutting teammate for an easy basket.
It was easy to see this weekend why so many top programs watched Deng play this weekend. Missouri head coach Quin Snyder, George Washington head coach Karl Hobbs, and Florida head coach Billy Donovan watched him several times along representatives from Texas, Wake Forest, Maryland, and North Carolina.
Deng, a highly skilled 6-8, 217 pound small forward from Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., will now take some time off. Deng's future includes some time off before he plays in his next tournament. He has a sore knee and wants to rest it.
A multidimensional player, Deng can handle, pass and shoot the ball with tremendous efficacy for someone of his size. Deng could end up being a point on the NBA level someday. He is that good