Tuesday , Apr , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Duke’s Deng to enter NBA Draft

Durham, NC (Sports Network) – Duke freshman Luol Deng announced Tuesday
that he will make himself available for the NBA Draft. However, Deng will not
hire an agent in order to leave open the option of returning to school.

“I am pleased that this portion of the process is over,” said Deng. “The
opportunity to pursue a career in professional basketball has been a dream of
mine. With help from my family and coaches, I will continue to gather
information to make the best possible decision regarding my future.”

Deng’s father, Aldo, told The News & Observer of Raleigh that his son would
remain in school and train at Duke’s facilities throughout the summer in
preparation for the draft, which will be held June 24 in New York City.

The 6-8 Deng averaged 15.1 points and 6.9 rebounds during his rookie campaign.
He garnered MVP honors of the Atlanta Regional, as Duke (31-6) advanced to the
Final Four in San Antonio.

“We’re supportive of Luol’s decision,” said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
“Based on our information, it is apparent that he will be a high pick in this
year’s NBA Draft.”