Luol Deng, the outstanding multi-purpose player from Blair Academy in New Jersey, is expected to return to the United States in the next 48 hours and begin his senior season under head coach Joe Mantegna. "He hasn't set up the visits yet," Mantegna said. "But he will do it soon. He is still interested in Duke, Indiana, Wake Forest, Virginia, Texas, and Missouri."
Deng had a great summer. He helped lead the New Jersey Demons into the quarterfinals of the Super Showcase. "We have had him since he was a freshman," Mantegna said. "He has grown so much physically and as a player. Each year he has added another part of to his game."
Deng might be the best available player in the 2003 class since LeBron James will never play a minute on the college level. Deng has mentioned also interest in George Washington, Fairfield, and Florida.
Deng, 6-8, 217 pounds, can handle, pass and shoot the ball with tremendous efficacy for someone of his size. "He might play the point guard position for us this season," Mantegna said.
(Look for more information on Deng in our next SportingNews.com column)