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Duke's Deng to enter NBA Draft

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Durham, NC (Sports Network) - freshman announced Tuesday that he will make himself available for the NBA Draft. However, Deng will not hire an agent in order to leave open the option of returning to school. "I am pleased that this portion of the process is over," said Deng. "The opportunity to pursue a career in professional basketball has been a dream of mine. With help from my family and coaches, I will continue to gather information to make the best possible decision regarding my future."

Deng's father, Aldo, told The News & Observer of Raleigh that his son would remain in school and train at 's facilities throughout the summer in preparation for the draft, which will be held June 24 in New York City.

The 6-8 Deng averaged 15.1 points and 6.9 rebounds during his rookie campaign. He garnered MVP honors of the Atlanta Regional, as (31-6) advanced to the Final Four in San Antonio.

"We're supportive of Luol's decision," said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "Based on our information, it is apparent that he will be a high pick in this year's NBA Draft."
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