Bulls sign top picks Gordon and Deng
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls Tuesday signed first-round
draft picks Ben Gordon and Luol Deng. Per club policy, terms of the contracts
were not disclosed.
The 21-year-old Gordon was taken with the third overall selection in the 2004
NBA Draft. Gordon declared for the draft following his junior season at
Connecticut. His 1,795 points at UConn ranks him sixth in school history.
Gordon was named to the All-Big East First Team following the 2003-04 campaign
as well as the Final Four All-Tournament team. In three campaigns with the
Huskies, he averaged 16.9 points, 4.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per contest.
Deng was originally chosen seventh overall in June’s draft by Phoenix.
However, the Suns traded his rights to Chicago for the rights to the 31st pick
(Jackson Vroman) and a future first-round selection.
Deng spent just one season with the Duke Blue Devils and was the second-
leading scorer during the regular season with a 15.1 points-per-game
average. He also contributed 6.9 rebounds per outing and was the 10th
freshman in ACC history to pace league rookies in scoring, rebounding
and field goal percentage (.475).