Indian Hills Community College sophomore Majok Deng is the latest IHCC basketball player to find a place to continue his education and basketball career. Deng signed a letter of intent on Tuesday with the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
The 6’10” Deng was a valuable reserve on IHCC teams that were a combined 60-7 over the last two seasons. He averaged 5.0 points and 4.1 rebounds as a sophomore after posting averages of 3.8 points and 2.9 boards last year. Probably his most memorable moment as a Warrior came in a double-overtime win at Southeastern as a freshman when Deng buried three big 3-pointers in the overtime sessions to help IHCC pull out a 104-99 victory. His high game this past season was 16 points against John Wood CC.
“Majok will add great length and skill level to our front line,” said ULM head coach Keith Richard. “He is coming from one of the top junior college programs in the country, and has played against very good competition. He adds another dimension to our team that will help us as we climb the Sun Belt (Conference).”
Deng grew up in Adelaide, Australia, but most of his family still lives in Sudan, where he was born. A school that was not “overwhelming” in size is what Deng said he was looking for next year, along with one where he really likes the coaches, and that’s what he says he found in ULM. “They have a very good accounting program and that’s what I plan to major in,” Deng said. And he added with a smile, “I like the fact they don’t have the cold weather I experienced the last two years.”
Deng praised the coaching staff at Indian Hills for speeding his development and said he improved in his defense, shooting and overall feel for the game. “I definitely enjoyed it,” he said.
Deng joins teammates Roosevelt Scott, Lester Medford, Quevyn Winters, Roderick Bobbitt and Marcus Posley in signing with four-year schools.
(release courtesy of IHCC Athletics)