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Prospect Profile:
Deng Gai

Full Name: Deng Gai
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-9 (2.06 m) / 250 (113.4 kg)
Birthdate: March 22, 1982 (The Sudan)
High School: Milford Academy (Conn.)
College: Fairfield
(Sudan)
NBA Draft 2004
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Originally an early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name. Participated in the 2004 NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Chicago.

Career Highlights: Three-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Year. Became the 16th player in Division I history to record more than 400 blocks in a career, finishing with 444 in 100 games. His average of 4.4 blocks per game for his career is the eighth-highest in D-I history and he joins David Robinson, Shaquille O’Neal and Emeka Okafor among a group of 10 players to finish with a career average of four or more blocks.

Senior (2004-05): Named First Team All-MAAC. Led the nation in blocks (5.5 bpg). Tallied 13 blocks against Sienna on Jan. 22, missing the NCAA Division I record by one rejection. Blocked 10 or more shots in three contests. Recorded a triple-double against Loyola, finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. Had 25 points, 10 blocks and nine rebounds against Rider.

Junior (2003-04): Was ranked third in Division I in blocks (4.1 bpg) before suffering an injury to his right leg on Jan. 18 against Manhattan and missing the remainder of the season. Scored in double figures in 11 of 16 games, with six double-doubles. Had 21 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks against Fordham. Tallied 17 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks in the championship game against Hawaii. Had 15 points and 10 rebounds against George Washington.

Sophomore (2002-03): Named First Team All-MAAC. Finished fourth in the nation in blocked shots (3.8 bpg). Blocked five or more shots in 10 games, including a season-high eight against Manhattan and St. Peter’s. Scored in double figures 19 times, including a career-high 24 against Rider.

Freshman (2001-02): Led the MAAC in blocks (4.0 bpg). Named to the conference All-Rookie team. Set the school single-season record with 117. Blocked five or more shots 11 times and eight or more blocks four times. Blocked a career-high 10 shots against St. Francis.

Strengths: Prolific shotblocker at the collegiate level, who improved his outside shooting during his stay at Fairfield.

Personal: Is a cousin of Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls. Born in the Sudan and spent time growing up in Egypt.

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