Deng Adel's Life From South Sudan To The Usa

And now joining me here on our n-c-double-a, comm, March, Madness, Skype session, Louisville's, Dania del and dang. You guys after you play Grand Canyon, you've got the big game, of course, at Kentucky. You guys are off to a really solid start under David Padgett, Rick, Piano, no longer coaching at Louisville.

So you guys done a great job with only two losses so far, but let's first talk about you and your changing role from essentially being a complementary player. If you will to now being one of the leaders. On this team, how were you able to adapt to that I think for me?

It was just uh, just my work I think in the summer, you know, making sure I worked hard to put myself in position where I could lean and just knowing that we had a young team coming in very talented freshman class, returning such as VJ q. Raymond honest, just those guys. They do a great job of helping me lead. So for me, it hasn't been that difficult, but I just credit it to my off season work. And just the coaching stuff. They do.

Unbelievable job just teaching us as a whole so dang, if you can for a moment, can you share with me your story of coming from the Sudan to Australia to the United States, and how that all transpired it really such a young age? Oh yeah, well, you know I was born in South Sudan moved to Australia by about 2 or 3 years old. And you know, just my family moved there just for, you know, there's a lot of warmth, then and there's one a bit of life for me and my siblings. And no, once we got to Australia in 2004, it was. Just everything was brand new, you know, barely spoke any English. You know, in a new culture, new environment. And you know, just kind of from there you just had to go in.

You know, went to school just making friends. You know, just as a kid, you know, you want to make friends meet new people. And you know, that's, that's, just kind of how life started for me. But no just I was always a family kid.

You know, I didn't doubt, my systems all the time. You know, once I became comfortable the new culture. Then you know, I.

Started playing sports I played soccer, played soccer ran track, you know, like multiple events and track in track and field. And just from there, you know, I soccer was my first love and I still love soccer to this day. And once I'm in backing away year was, you know, once we moved to different areas different suburbs. I was like everybody that lived there. Everybody went to the park outside and everybody played basketball.

So it was like for me. I was like a different transition, because you know, I had to. Make new friends move into a totally different new area. So for me, it was just like each day, I'll just come out and just go outside to the prom and play basketball from there. You know, a couple of friends I first, met there's, still close friends to me right now. And you know what we did straight after school do is play basketball workout.

Just having fun. And then I would say, myself sophomore year in Australia that's, when I began to get serious about basketball, you know, I started growing getting. Better and from day was just, you know, I, didn't. Watch I walk.

I watch the NBA because that's all they showed is the only thing you can watch over there. You can really get access to college basketball, so I had no idea anything about cars bats. But I was just like and be a pathologist. You can just jump to MBA straight away.

So, but you know, once I know once I made once I got connected to a coach who's, my guardian out here in the United States, Lauren, Jackson. You kinda, you know, I met him through somebody. And he kind of just told me, no, it would be a great idea for you to come to the states. You know, finish your junior year, get a chance to play a see skiing from Scouts college, coaches, which, you know, it'll be beneficial for your career. And no kind of just took that step move down.

Here 2013 Florida 2013, the junior and senior year. And you know, just it's totally different. Basketball in Australia is totally different to here.

Because just from a physical standpoint, you know, better athletes, you. Know games a lot faster quicker, people, and it's, just the whole thing is just the transition was just difficult for me. The first couple of months coming here were just physicality problems.

Really what got to me. So from there I was just in the waiting room every day and just stuck with the grind and know once, but dang that that's, the basketball side, I'm fascinated by I mean, you say, you're, a family first, you know, I would think most people are my heart was it to leave your family? You know, and. And then come to the United States and make that kind of huge commitment at such a young age, yeah, I mean, definitely I mean, leave even from Australia here. It was. Yeah.

It was extremely difficult because I was probably fifteen I came to the States. So it was, it was certainly difficult because I wasn't used to being away from home and I kind of its kind of like I. Just you know, moved to a different country. People I, didn't know, or you know anything like that.

So it was certainly difficult. The first. Couple of months, because you know, I missed home, miss, my mom and everybody, but you know, I was always FaceTime that's, what I what helped me the most just call them back after every practice or every day, just calling back home, and just letting them know, I'm. Okay. And this is what I wanted to do and that's.

The biggest thing I told him, this is what I wanted to do, and they accepted that. And that was probably what makes me feel good. And how much of an attachment do you still have to the Sudan a lot. I do my dad's, actually still there, and I got a chance to go back in 2011.

So I got a chance to go back there. And you know, it was just an opening because you know, you just know coming from a Gulf back from Australia to Sudan. It was just like your just kind of see a different vision, because you realize how much you have especially peanuts, how much you have in Australia. And you know, just go back to do. You know, don't have a lot.

You know, it's war-torn is a lot of violence there, and it's. Just it. It's hard to see that for me, because I know, it's my people and I still have a family over there. But you know, that's just, just hot things going, you know, that's, one of my biggest goals, you know, if I know become successful later on in life, then just trying to go back there and just get back know, hopefully start a basketball program or anything that can help these kids.

You know, just get their minds off the violence and just some help off the cut off the corner. One last thing on this. How often do you. Ever just pause and think you know what? Why me what why am I the one that got out of the Sudan, you know and is now living a much better life.

You know, first in Australia in the United States. And there are, you know, hundreds of thousands, millions, I, don't know, the exact figure, but people don't get that opportunity that you got every day, I mean, when I wake up sometimes I'm, just like, wow, like, you know, I, woke up today, I'm at the University of Louisville I'm in America, and it's. Just even when I go.

Through bad times I, just look at it like, nobody else. Nobody there are a lot of guys don't have this opportunity as a lot of people don't have the opportunity. So that's, why I just don't take anything for granted just being here, and you know, it's, just like you said, this is definitely unbelievable just to think you know, I'm in the position. I am right now? Well, we appreciate you joining us here on earth. N-C-Double-A, calm, March, Madness, Skype session.

Thank you. We say, thank you so much.

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