Deng Deng is a newcomer at Texas Legends - Feb 26, 2016
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Texas Legends strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Australian-South Sudanese forward Deng Deng (203-98kg-92). He just graduated from Baylor (NCAA). In 23 games he recorded only 2.9ppg and 2.0rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (13-14) season Deng played at Lee College. In 29 games he averaged impressive 19.8ppg, 11.0rpg and 3.5apg in 2013-14 season. Great year indeed as he was voted to NJCAA All-Region XIV 2nd Team. He represented A... [read more]
Texas Legends strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Australian-South Sudanese forward Deng Deng (203-98kg-92). He just graduated from Baylor (NCAA). In 23 games he recorded only 2.9ppg and 2.0rpg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (13-14) season Deng played at Lee College. In 29 games he averaged impressive 19.8ppg, 11.0rpg and 3.5apg in 2013-14 season. Great year indeed as he was voted to NJCAA All-Region XIV 2nd Team. He represented Australia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.6ppg, 2.1rpg. Of course it will be Deng's first season in professional basketball.
Australia's South Sudanese community is turning out promising teenage basketball stars, with dozens of young men winning competitive sporting scholarships in the United States. A little-known basketball club in western Sydney is one the clubs which has been a training ground for players who are being noticed by American scouts. The Savannah Pride in Blacktown has teams made up of all South-Sudanese-Australian players. Head coach Mayor Chagai said between 10 and 15 teenagers from Australia... [read more]
Australia's South Sudanese community is turning out promising teenage basketball stars, with dozens of young men winning competitive sporting scholarships in the United States. A little-known basketball club in western Sydney is one the clubs which has been a training ground for players who are being noticed by American scouts. The Savannah Pride in Blacktown has teams made up of all South-Sudanese-Australian players. Head coach Mayor Chagai said between 10 and 15 teenagers from Australia's South Sudanese community were going to the United States every year, to take up sporting scholarships in schools and colleges. "It's a big opportunity," Mr Chagai said.. "It gives them better education, better basketball, and a chance of a lifetime career." He said Australian teenagers were playing in Kentucky, Florida and Texas. One of Savannah Pride's latest teenage stars, Deng Gak (207-C-98), has just left for the United States, after he won a scholarship at the prestigious Blair Academy in New Jersey. At a statuesque 207 centimetres, that's 6 foot 10 inches, 17-year-old Mr Gak has caught the eye of scouts. "They want me to be like part of their basketball program and finish my next two years of school there," he said. "It's obviously what I want to do and you have to kind of be willing to do things that other people don't want to do, lots of early morning training. "I come back here and play [in Blacktown] all the time. I love the atmosphere that this place brings, that South Sudanese people bring to basketball." Savannah Pride was formed almost a decade ago by 30-year-old South Sudanese refugee Mayor Chagai after he arrived in Australia from war-torn Sudan. "What it is about is the love for the game, it is also the other aspect of it is the social part of it and education," he said. "It's not just only about basketball. It's also engagement and social inclusion for these young kids and the fun of playing basketball." He said most of the boys are children of parents who fled Sudan before South Sudan officially gained independence in 2011. "Most of their parents fled south and they settled here in Australia or some kids come here with their uncles, aunties and the mother or the father they all remain in South Sudan and that's always a challenge as well because they miss their family," Mr Chagai said. Mr Gak said teenagers from the South Sudanese community are attracted to basketball because they have "natural skills". "We're long and tall. We can run pretty fast, jump pretty high so I think we've like found out that we're pretty good at it and everyone likes it." While Savannah Pride was one of the first teams of its kind, teams are now starting up across Australia. The National South Sudanese Australian Basketball Association now has 1,000 teenagers involved. Mr Chagai said he was incredibly proud of his proteges. "They're having a lot of opportunities here. There's a lot of opportunities for them in Australia compared to South Sudan where we all came from," he said. "It wouldn't be the same if these kids were in South Sudan or any part of Africa compared to the opportunities that they are having right now in the community, playing basketball, having an education which is one of the biggest opportunities. "So their dreams now are more positive."
There is nothing wrong for worshiping your one's tribe ideals while respecting other tribesmen and women's rights to life. In my viewpoint, tribes are nations but abused and disparaged by imperial rulers that ruled Africa. Thus, I departed with this idea that South Sudan's habitants are bunch of tribes and not nations. For that reason I will not envy those who think their tribe is a nation so long they respect the existences and the rights of others to life and freedom of expression and m... [read more]
There is nothing wrong for worshiping your one's tribe ideals while respecting other tribesmen and women's rights to life. In my viewpoint, tribes are nations but abused and disparaged by imperial rulers that ruled Africa. Thus, I departed with this idea that South Sudan's habitants are bunch of tribes and not nations. For that reason I will not envy those who think their tribe is a nation so long they respect the existences and the rights of others to life and freedom of expression and movements. History has taught us that nations of European were once tribes and were emancipated of this tribe basis and became nations. There are now nations among other nations of the world. Their nationhood stands firm and fortified as of others. I wondered who is out there to tell us that we are just bunch of tribes and not nations. On this basis, we should cease thinking diminutive and not that pathetic enough not to see the logic behind this writing. Tribes are good things but tribalists blinded by bigotry and who do not respect other tribesmen and women right to life are bad and expose. Thus the intent of this piece and I decided to ostracize elusive figures who think they can hide from scrutiny. Recently, I came to term that Luol Deng (206-F-85, college: Duke, agency: Interperformances), the only South Sudanese Basketball star alive is a heartless tribalist and opportunist at best. Evidently, Luol Deng does not heed other tribesmen and women right to life and existence. This is showcased by his exhibited behaviors toward South Sudanese civil population for the last twenty -one months since the civil war in the country started. For the last 21 months, Luol Deng acted bizarrely when he visited South Sudan capital Juba. To be precise, Luol Deng never condemned the atrocities committed by the Dinka led Government in South Sudan. He did not even sympathize with those in UNIMISS camps and in harsh conditions. I am here talking about the displaced persons under UN's care because they have no homes and they also fear for their lives if returned to burned home steads. The last time I heard of Mr. Deng's mission after visiting the suffering country was him building a basketball Court for his uncle, Manut Bol. Mr. Bol is another late Dinka basketballer, who once played for Chicago Bull. Mr. Manut comes from Luol Deng's home region of Bhar El Ghazal. While Luol Deng was building Manut's court with hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions, hundreds of thousands of internally displaced children, women and elderly South Sudanese were starving to death in the UNMISS Camps across the country. Mr. Deng chose to build a court over dying children because the man seems not to care presumably the starving children, women and elders were not from Luol Deng's region and tribe of Dinka nation. This is a character of amoral being. As mentioned above Luol Deng never openly condemned the Dinka led Government sanctioned massacre of 20, 000 Nuer innocent civilians. The only logic perhaps, anyone would think of is the perpetrators were Luol Deng's uncles from the Bhar El Ghazal region blindfolded by Luol Deng's own father, Aldo Ajou Deng. Mr. Aldo Ajou Deng is one of the ring leaders who founded the Jieng Council of Elders. Luol Deng's tight lip is not a surprise but founded on this basis. Instead for Luol Deng to condemn the human rights abuses, crimes against humanity and mass execution, Luol Deng has talked about unity of the youths South Sudan without acknowledging what brought disunity in the first place. Luol Deng didn't acknowledge the victims and who has wronged them. Luol Deng's position of unity among South Sudanese youths was /is not random but perfected to divert people's attentions. In the normal world, it's logical that outcry of disunity must be with purpose and why people need to unite in the first place? Luol Deng has avoided answering these logical and relevant questions. I got it and I perfectly believed that the world also got it as well. It's Luol Deng's father ongoing business. Luol Deng once says, 'I am a Dinka from South Sudan.' It's true that Luol Deng is a Dinka and his home region of Bhar El Ghazal is not affected by this current civil war. But more importantly, it's true that those who committed the atrocities, the main perpetrators of the Nuer massacre were Mr. Luol Deng's father, Aldo Ajou Deng's followers. So, why care I guess in Mr. Luol Deng's viewpoint when dad is the designer of South Sudan's time bomb. The de factor is Luol Deng's own father Aldo Ajou Deng. Aldo Ajou Deng is a leading star of notorious Dinka Council of Elders organization and whose aim is to mobilize Dinka tribal young men against other tribes' innocent civilians. JCE came out in many instances opposing peace in South Sudan and things stands the group is accused of manipulating President Kiir tribally taking incorrect decisions particularly on how to run South Sudan state of affairs. It appeared Deng is following the steps of his father. In Mr. Deng many interviews, he appeared to praise his father as a man super intellect but the opposite is true. Luol Deng's dad does not possess characters of an African elder. Most African elders are regarded wise but Deng's many like him are the worse exception, which in my view is son like a father bloodline. Ironically, Luol Deng has been very aggressive promoting fake unity of South Sudanese Youths in the Diaspora after seeing the fact that the Dinka Council of Elders tactic isn't working at the international stage. The world hasn't bought their cheap propaganda of tribal politic of elevating one tribe status above others. Luol Deng is now using his basketball starship to rebuild his dad's tarnished reputation because Luol Deng himself is ashamed. Deng's basketball's status allowed him to meet President Barack Obama of USA. Luol Deng himself alleged that Mr. President asked for his advice on South Sudan's state of affairs. South Sudanese were dumbfounded this unbelievable turn of event. Not that Luol Deng cannot meet President Barack but the fact that Luol could offer piece of advice to a first world president yet Luol Deng's father was the man who drummed up and executed the massacre of 20, 00 Nuer innocent civilians in Juba is pathetic to say the least. What Can Luol Deng advises President Barack for yet the blood of innocent South Sudanese children is smeared all over Luol family tree. As a matter of fact, I took this opportunity to remind President Barack and the rest of the world leaders not to dine with Luol Deng. Luol Deng is a tribalist and opportunist at best. Many South Sudanese youths, both at home and in Diaspora know that Luol Deng cannot be trusted for he does not have humanitarian heart. This is proven when he built a basketball court for Manut Bol instead of helping starving children, women and elder in UNMISS based Camps across South Sudan.
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