May 5, 2014
WACO, Texas – Baylor men’s basketball has signed Deng Deng of Lee College to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Scott Drew announced Monday. Deng will join the team prior to the 2014-15 season and will have two years of eligibility.
A 6-foot-8, 215-pound junior college transfer, from Melbourne, Australia, Deng was born in Sudan. His family moved to Egypt when he was four years old and again to Australia when he was nine. He has spent the last two seasons playing for head coach Roy Champagne at Lee College in Baytown, Texas.
“Deng is blessed with tremendous versatility. He’s really athletic and skilled, and he’ll be a great addition to the Baylor basketball family,” head coach Scott Drew said. “I know Baylor Nation will also be very excited to get to know Deng, because he is an outstanding young man.”
According to 247Sports.com, Deng is a four-star recruit ranked No. 4 nationally among junior college players in the 2014 class. He averaged 19.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as a sophomore for the Rebels in 2013-14, helping Lee to a 20-12 record. He was named second-team All-Region 14 and first-team All-South Zone by the NJCAA.
Deng scored in double figures in 27 of 28 games before suffering an injury on Feb. 26. He had 19 double-doubles and posted 20+ points in 13 of 29 games played, including a trio of 30-point games and a career-high 36-point, 18-rebound effort against San Jacinto College of Feb. 1.
As a freshman in 2012-13, Deng helped Lee to the school’s first-ever NJCAA Region 14 Championship and a berth in the National Championship tournament with a 25-11 record. He was one of nine players selected to the Region 14 All-Tournament team.
Deng’s addition gives Baylor five players in its 2014-15 signing class. The Bears have signed a pair of junior college standouts in Deng and junior college All-American Lester Medford (Tucson, Ariz.), and a trio of prep players with Damiyne Durham (Oakwood, Texas), Kobe Eubanks (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and T.J. Maston (DeSoto, Texas).
BAYLOR CLASS OF 2014-15 SIGNEES
Deng Deng, 6-8, 215, Melbourne, Australia (Lee College)
Damiyne Durham, 6-5, 190, Oakwood, Texas (Oakwood HS)
Position rankings: No. 21 (Future150.com), No. 31 (ESPN.com), No. 51 (247Sports.com)
Regional rankings: No. 23 in Midlands (ESPN.com)
State rankings: No. 9 (Future150.com), No. 15 (ESPN.com), No. 16 (247Sports.com)
Kobe Eubanks, 6-5, 212, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Our Savior New American School [N.Y.])
Position rankings: No. 22 (ESPN.com), No. 45 (247Sports.com composite)
Regional rankings: No. 21 in East (ESPN.com)
State rankings: No. 5 (ESPN.com), No. 21 (247Sports.com composite)
T.J. (Terry) Maston, 6-7, 215, DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto HS)
Position rankings: No. 69 (247Sports.com composite), No. 74 (ESPN.com)
Regional rankings: No. 49 in Midlands (ESPN.com)
State rankings: No. 20 (247Sports.com composite), No. 30 (ESPN.com)
Lester Medford, 5-11, 185, Tucson, Ariz. (Amphitheater HS/Arizona Western CC/Indian Hills CC)