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Majok Deng

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Born
1993 (28 years old)

Birth Place
Bor, South Sudan

Position
Power Forward

Team Number
13

Height
205 cm (6 ft 9 in)

Weight
90 kg (198 lb)

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Cairns Taipans

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Majok Machar Deng (born 1 March 1993) is a South Sudanese-Australian professional basketball player for the Cairns Taipans of the National Basketball League (NBL). After winning back-to-back Central ABL Championships with the Forestville Eagles in 2011 and 2012, Deng moved to the United States to attend college, where he first played for Indian Hills Community College. In 2014, he transferred to Louisiana–Monroe, where he played two seasons of Division I college basketball for the Warhawks and led the Sun Belt Conference in scoring and blocks as a senior. In 2016, Deng returned home and joined the Adelaide 36ers.

Early life and career
Deng was born in Bor, Sudan on 1 March 1993, and spent the first seven to eight years of his life in the country. He moved to Australia in 2006 after spending a number of years living in a Kenyan refugee camp. Deng settled down in Adelaide with his mother and sister.

Deng originally dreamed of playing professional soccer, but a significant growth spurt of 11 cm in 12 months changed his life, switching him from soccer to basketball. Deng took up basketball in 2009, and by 2010, he was playing division three under 18s basketball for Forestville. He credits his rapid development and quick rise to his under 18s coach, Scott Freer, who gave him specialist training over a two-year period. In December 2010, Deng had a try-out with the Forestville Eagles' Central ABL team and was successful in gaining a roster spot for the 2011 season. His Eagles teammate, former NBL player Rashad Tucker, took on a mentoring role for Deng during his rookie year. Tucker assisted in the development of Sudanese-born players. In September 2011, Deng helped the Eagles win the Central ABL Grand Final. The Eagles trailed Norwood by eight points with 87 seconds left in the third quarter, before Tucker and Deng inspired their team to 29 of the game's last 36 points. Deng entered the game with 1.34 remaining in the third, and immediately produced the sort of energy that had been lacking from his teammates for most of the night. Deng ended the night with two points, six rebounds, one steal and one block, but his most significant stat was his team's 20-point advantage with him on the floor. The Eagles won the match 82–68. In 18 games for the Eagles in 2011, he averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Deng returned to the Forestville Eagles for the 2012 Central ABL season, where in 16 games, he averaged 10.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. His final game for the Eagles came on 18 August 2012 in the Eagles' semi-final loss to the Sturt Sabres; he scored 13 points in the match. The Eagles went on to win the preliminary final without Deng, which advanced them to the grand final. In the grand final, they faced the Sturt Sabres, but this time got the better of the Sabres as they completed back-to-back titles with a come-from-behind 86–78 overtime victory.


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