Deng Gai

Deng Gai

Born on March 22, 1982 in Wau, Gai is a Sudanese professional basketball player, formerly in the NBA. He plays as a power forward. Gai was the 2005 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season blocks leader. In 2004, Gai declared for the NBA Draft but ultimately withdrew his name. In 2005, the Philadelphia 76ers signed him as a free agent. After playing in only two games for the team, Gai was waived in December 2005. He then briefly played for the USBL’s Dodge City Legend and the ABA’s Wilmington Sea Dawgs. After being drafted in 2005 by the CBA’s Albany Patroons (2nd round, 10th overall) Gai played for the team in the USBL leading it in blocks. At the end of the season, he was named to the league’s All-Defensive Team. In 2007-2008, Gai represented Poland’s Śląsk Wrocław but the team folded after that season.




Originally posted by the amazing Ola Dia, creator of Twitter page: @Sudan_Voices, posted on her blog ( who has given me so much hope, inspiration, and makes me proud to be able to call myself Sudanese 😉


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