University of Miami Athletics
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Deng Gak

position

Forward

Height

6-11

Weight

220 lbs.

Class

Redshirt Junior

Hometown

Sydney, Australia

High School

Blair Academy (N.J.)

As a Redshirt Sophomore (2019-20): Played in the first seven affairs of the season before suffering a season-ending right knee injury in practice … Averaged 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game … Returned to action in the season opener against fifth-ranked Louisville (11/5), recording two rebounds, two blocks and two steals … Scored four points in the victory at UCF (11/12) … Notched four points, a season-high four rebounds and two blocks against Quinnipiac (11/16) … Scored four points in a matchup with his brother, Gorjok, of Florida (11/22) at the Charleston Classic … Played a career-high 20 minutes against UConn (11/24) at the Charleston Classic in his final outing of the season.

As a Redshirt Freshman (2018-19): Played in eight games, including making one start … Suffered season-ending left knee injury on Dec. 1 against Yale … Played at least 11 minutes off the bench in each of his eight games … Recorded six rebounds and three blocks in 14 minutes of action in his Miami debut against Lehigh (11/9) … Scored first college points in win over Stephen F. Austin (11/13) … Made first college start against Yale (12/1), scored five points in season-high 19 minutes.

As a Freshman (2017-18): Redshirted and did not compete.

High School: Member of the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic Regional Team … Ranked No. 91 nationally by ESPN, including No. 16 among power forwards and first in New Jersey … Joined former Miami teammate Dejan Vasiljevic on the Australian U19 team, averaging 4.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.7 blocks for the Emus at the 2015 FIBA World Championship … Played high school basketball at Australia’s Centre of Excellence before attending Blair Academy in New Jersey … Other Blair grads include NBA players Luol Deng, Charlie Villanueva and Royal Ivey … Played on the AAU circuit for the PSA Cardinals … Pangos All-American Camp Top 30 Cream of the Crop Game … A long shot blocker who protects the rim with his 7-foot-5-inch wingspan … A versatile big man who can run the floor and hit the mid-range jump shot … Committed to Miami over Connecticut, Florida and Kansas.

Personal: Born in Cairo and moved to Australia at three months old … Of Dinka descent … Older brother, Gorjok, plays basketball at California Baptist after spending four years at Florida … Moved to New Jersey in the fall of 2015 to begin his career at Blair Academy … Majoring in sociology with a minor in sport administration.