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Madison East star inspired to find success

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It's a tough day at practice for Madison East junior Deang Deang. A tough day because he can't practice.

"It breaks my heart really, but I know my teammates will help me through this."

The Purgolders' leading scorer sprained his right foot last weekend in a game against Janesville Craig. Deang is not just the leading scorer on the team but also in the Big Eight Conference. He has drawn interest from several Division I schools while serving as the pulse of his Madison East team, according to his coach Matt Miota.

"Sometimes I have to keep him out of the gym. He wants to get better at whatever he's working on."

Deang's been working on his game since he first picked up a ball at the age of three.

"My mom was like you should play basketball, and I fell in love with it right away."

Deang and his six siblings have the opportunity to pursue what they love because of their parents, who emigrated from war-torn Sudan in 1997. It's his parents' sacrifices that give Deang his inspiration.

"My mom obviously works on the clock every day. She doesn't take days off. I don't want to live the way she's living right now. I'm going to have to work hard every day in basketball, school. Then, I can help her out and help my whole family out."

On crutches, Deang isn't much help to his family of Purgolders. However, he knows he'll be back on the floor soon as he reads one of his favorite quotes to help him get through this small setback.

"After pain is success. It just matters how much pain you are willing to take to be successful...and me, I'm going to take all the pain in the world to be successful because pain is temporary."

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