A native of Sudan, Bulls rookie Luol Deng is quickly emerging as one of the top first-year players in the league. Averaging 12.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 28.0 minutes in 47 games (including 38 starts), Deng is a big reason why the Bulls have emerged as one of the biggest surprises in the East.

Deng took time out during NBA All-Star 2005 to answer your e-mail questions.

With so many first and second year players on the Bulls, are you surprised by how well the team is playing?
-- Brandon from San Jose, California

Deng poses for a portrait during NBA All-Star 2005.
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Deng: "I wouldn't say surprised. It's been exciting. We have a lot of talented players, and we're a young team. We all have similar things and we all just hard, and I think that's what makes us so good this year is that the fact everybody on the team plays hard and we have so many different rotations that it helps us out."

Waz up Deng, my name is Abdulqadir. I'm from Somalia and I'm now living in the U.S. and I know you're from Sudan. You are one of my favorite players in the NBA. I want ask you, how hard was it for you to become a pro and what's the most difficult thing about being pro?
-- Abdulqadir from Minneapolis, Minnesota

Deng: "The hardest part is just staying consistent and the responsibilities off the court. I mean now it's your job and you have responsibilities to take care of – where you live and how you're spending your off-court time and all that."

Hey, Luol! How is it going in Chicago? Do you think the team has a chance of going to the playoffs?! And how is it to play with Ben Gordon and Kirk Hinrich?
-- SerLaurentz from Oslo, Norway

Deng: "Our chances are very solid. And playing with those two guys is just exciting. Both can play either the one or the two and both can pass and shoot and handle. They make me better, and I try to make them better as much as I can. But it's just a lot of fun playing with them."

What would you tell the kids of today on how to become a good basketball player?
-- Will from Ashburn, Virginia

Deng: "Just work hard. Just love the game and just work hard."

What is more enjoyable for you: Going to the final four with duke, or rebuilding the Bulls team to one of the best in the east with your duke teammate Chris Duhon?
-- Daniel from Springfield, Illinois

Deng: "It depends who I'm with… If I'm with the Bulls, I want to rebuild. If I'm at Duke, of course I want to go back to the Final Four. So, that's a tough question, but right now I'm with the Bulls, so I'd go with the Bulls."