Deng Adel shows aggressive streak, Louisville coasts past Boston College

Another yawner, the University of Louisville basketball team blowing out still another Atlantic Coast Conference opponent. Boston College the latest victim by a score of 90-67.

Deng Adel discovers aggressive streak against Boston College.

Far too easy of late, resembling some of the winning streaks in the Metro and Conference USA days. Wins are not supposed to come this easily in the ACC. Treasuring each one, however, knowing that there will be some major obstacles straight ahead.

What kept the game interesting was the performance of Deng Adel who seemed to be making up for lost time, scoring in every way possible, living up to the promise expected of him. He would share game scoring honors with Donovan Mitchell with 19 points each.

Signs of a newfound shooting touch from the sophomore forward from Australia.  No reluctance, going for it but playing within the system, connecting on seven of 10 field goal attempts, including three of four 3-point shots, and two of two at the free throw line.

“Coach said we needed to step up,” said Adel afterwards. “He told me to be aggressive so that’s what we did.”

Mitchell, meanwhile, was quietly having a very efficient game himself, dishing out four assists, making four rebounds and three steals. He was making seven of 10 field goal attempts as well, including two 3-pointers, and all three of his free throws.

Mangok Mathiang getting in on the act, scoring 16 points on seven of 11 shot attempts. And, yes, two of two free throw attempts.

One never knows which UofL player is going to have a break out game. Don’t be surprised when freshman V. J. King does. He hasn’t been scoring much but when he does he makes it look easy, winding up with 11 points against Boston College.

 Louisville travels to Virginia on Monday for a crucial game.. The Cardinals and Cavaliers, with 7-3 conference marks, are tied with Florida State for second place in the ACC. North Carolina is first with an 8-2 conference record.

No danger of anyone nodding off in that one. The odds of another runaway are remote.

Deng Adel answers bell, Louisville downs Pitt again


Dang, that Deng is good.

Rick Pitino has been telling anyone who will listen that Deng Adel is going to be a great basketball player at the University of Louisville. He’s said that about a lot of players over the years, and they rarely disappoint him.

Adel actually started the first two games this season, remember? Injured a knee early on, had to sit out a month, work his way back into shape, take his turn on the bench, play sparingly in January, and become a contributor in late February.

Pitino has been known to throw seldom-used players into critical situations at the most unexpected moments. Deng saw four minutes of action against Notre Dame and four minutes against Syracuse. Didn’t score in either of those games, but Pitino was watching, making mental notes.

Deng began growing up in the win over Duke, getting 28 minutes of playing time, pulling down five rebounds, making two assists and scoring 12 points.

Pitino apparently convinced, drawing a starting assignment against Pittsburgh, Deng making the coach a genius. Wowing his teammates at the 7:38 mark, Chinanu Onuaku screaming, after an awe-inspiring one-hand dunk serving notice that the UofL drought was over. Following that up with a 3-pointer and a layup less than two minutes later.

Deng finished the game with 12 points, seven rebounds, and an assist, along with a new level of respect from the head coach, his teammates and fans. Raising expectations in Louisville’s 67-60 win over Pittsburgh. Giving them something to look forward the final three games this year, and three more seasons for the freshman.

David Levitch also is familiar with getting thrust into the spotlight, prime time playing time, inserted midway through the first half. He would respond with eight points, including two 3-pointers, one of them a dagger at the 2:38 mark, giving UofL a three-point lead.

As is one Matz Stockman, the backup, backup seven-footer, who keeps looking more respectable all the time, another one of those guys Pitino says is really going to be good. Just three rebounds, two points and a block in this one but his time is coming as well.

Echoes of Gorgui in Deng’s verbal to Louisville

The positive comments of Deng Adel, the latest University of Louisville basketball commit, bear a close resemblance to those first uttered by a previous UofL player when he committed to Rick Pitino.

Deng Adel
Deng Adel

“Getting an education is the most important thing to me and my family. But basketball gives me the chance to go to college,”  Adel told NBC Sports.

A flashback of Gorgui Dieng sitting at a press conference table at the Yum! Practice Center in 2010 comes immediately to mind. Gorgui, of course, went to graduate in three years before taking his considerable talents to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA.

The 6-foot-7 Adel is rated No. 18 overall and the No. 2 small forward in the 2015 class by Scout.com. He is the cousin of Mangok Mathiang, another Sudo-Aussie who played for high school coach Loren Jackson at the IMG Academy in Florida.

He chose UofL over UConn, Florida, Ga. Tech, LSU and others.