Born in Khartoum, South Sudan, Deng Adel is a professional basketball player. An immigrant from Sudan, his family moved to Australia when he was 8 years old. He was introduced to the game of basketball at age 14. Since then, he started playing the sport locally. In 2013, he moved to the United States upon receiving a basketball scholarship. It was a rare opportunity that he grabbed. He played for Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton, Florida.
During his high school days, Adel averaged 22 points and eight rebounds per game. In 2014, he signed a National Letter of Intent for the University of Louisville to play college basketball. Although he had other offers, he chose to sign up with the Cardinals of the University of Louisville. Upon signing with the cardinals, he was made a starter for the team. He averages 4.5 points in under 17 minutes. This helped his team win the first two games of the 2015 to 2016 season.
However, in the third game, Adel received an MCL sprain injury on his left knee and was ruled out to play for six weeks. Upon his return, he manages to set a record for the season with 12 points and 5 rebounds in 21 minutes against the Virginia team.
During his junior year at the University of Louisville, Adel announced his intentions to enter the 2018 NBA Draft. Although he was undrafted, he manages to sign with Houston Rockets for the NBA Summer League in 2018. He also signed a training camp contract with Toronto Raptors. Although he appeared for two preseason games, Adel was still waived. He ended up playing for Toronto’s G-League affiliate.
In 2019, Adel signed a two-way contract with Cleveland Cavaliers. His NBA debut was against the Denver Nuggets. That same year he signed up a contract with Brooklyn Nets but was later waived by the team. He ended up signing a stint with the Long Island Nets scoring a season-high of 29 points.
In 2020, Adel signed with Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League. Currently, Adel and the Hawks agreed to end their contract in mutual agreement due to ongoing injuries.