Promising Australian forward Deng who recently graduated from Baylor has signed his first professional contract with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League. His road to becoming a professional was not exactly straightforward, with the talented forced to navigate an unconventional route.
After transferring to Baylor following a stellar two years at Lee College last season, Deng contributed 2.9 points, 2.0 rebounds in 8.8 minutes as a Bear last season. However Deng's collegiate career hit a bump after being forced to sit out the current 2015-16 season after it was clarified that he only had one year of eligibility at Baylor due to NCAA rules relating to high school graduation timelines. He has since completed his coursework under his scholarship that was honoured by his school, and will now focus on his professional career that starts in the D-League.
Deng enjoyed a standout two years at Lee College where he averaged an impressive 19.8 points, 11 rebounds and 3.5 assists across the 2013-14 season. He capped a great year by being named to the NJCAA All-Region XIV 2nd Team. Deng looked primed for a big final year at Baylor before the NCAA rules committee intervened after having played an important role for Australia at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. In that tournament he played 7 games and delivered 4.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, including a 15 point and 5 rebound outing against the host nation.
It is reported that Deng is expected to join the Legends on the road in their next games against Rio Grande Valley Vipers this weekend, contests that will be broadcast live online via www.TexLegends.com.