Luol Deng, the outstanding 6-8 forward from Blair Academy in New Jersey, did arrive back in the United States in time to play in last night's loss to the Hun School.
"Luol was obviously jet-lagged," said Blair head coach Joe Mantegna. "He had just gotten in a couple of nights ago. But he still played great."
Deng scored 26 points in the loss. "We actually didn't play that bad," Mantegna said. "Hun shot the ball real well. They hit 12 three-pointers against us."
Deng only arrived back in the United States after New Jersey Senator Robert Torricelli and his office cut some red tape to help speed up his departure from England. Mantegna also played a key role contracting the power brokers to speed up Deng's arrival back into the States.
The trip to England also affected Deng's future recruiting process. Had Deng not returned to England for the winter break, he was slated to make unofficial visits to Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest, Mantegna said.