London 2012

Luol Deng will be the star player for the Great Britain men's team in the 2012 Games and the Chicago Bulls star already has a remarkable story to tell.

Fascinating Facts:

  • He is the eighth of nine children
  • Deng is an ambassador for the 2012 Games
  • He has set up the Luol Deng Foundation
  • Deng is a fan of Arsenal

Deng was born in Sudan in 1985 as part of the Dinka tribe but his family was forced to flee to Egypt to escape the Second Sudanese Civil War when he was five-years-old.

The family were granted political asylum and moved to the United Kingdom to settle in Brixton and Deng played for his local basketball club.

He impressed during his early foray into the sport in the UK and his performances in the European Junior Nation Tournament earned him the MVP award.

That was enough to attract the attention of the Blair Academy in New Jersey and he moved to the United States when he was 14-years-old.

His rapid rise continued over the Atlantic as he attended Duke University for one year before entering the 2004 NBA draft.

The Phoenix Suns secured his services as the seventh overall pick but he was immediately traded to the Chicago Bulls to start a stellar career with the franchise.

Deng played in 61 games during his debut season and helped the Bulls reach the play-offs for the first time in seven years to start his time in the Windy City on a high.

His career continued to grow over the next few years and he played all the regular season games for the Eastern Conference outfit in the 2006/07 campaign.

Deng's consistent performances were rewarded with a bumper six-year contract extension in 2008 and his NBA career has continued to grow since that boost with the Bulls again reaching the play-offs last season.

He has helped the British team in international competition with his stellar displays crucial to securing qualification for EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania and he will be a vital figure in the London Games.

Deng's work away from the court has helped others around the globe with his endeavours for a variety of charities and the Luol Deng Foundation set up to increase participation in basketball and address social issues.

Luol Deng

  • DOB: 16/04/1985
  • Birthplace: Sudan
  • NBA team: Chicago Bulls