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Eurobasket 2011 Bulls Update: Noah and Asik advance, Deng stars in Britain exit

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Thanks to Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald for saving me some time, doing the dirty work of Eurobasket stat-parsing for me.

The first round of pool play is complete at the European championships and Bulls forward Luol Deng is the event's leading scorer at 24.6 points through five games.

Deng is also tied for second in rebounds with 9.4, but his Great Britain team is done. The Brits went 2-3 and did not advance to the second round.

Two Bulls, Joakim Noah and Omer Asik, did move on to the second round. In fact, they'll play against each other on Wednesday.

Noah averaged 10.2 points and 7.8 boards in the first round, while shooting 55.3 percent from the field.

Asik averaged 7.6 points and 7.2 rebounds in the first round for Turkey, which went 3-2 in the first round.

So Luol Deng got some good run in, and got to continue one of his dreams of putting British basketball on the map. Hopefully for him it culminates in a good showing at the London-hosted Olympics (with perhaps help from old pal Ben Gordon) and he stays injury free.

And speaking of the injury bug, great to read that Asik is looking strong after that broken leg to end last season.

AND SPEAKING OF Mike McGraw...is this the last we'll be reading him for a while? His paper will be charging for online content (at a very high fee, in my opinion) starting the 7th. I enjoy his coverage, but, especially with no Bulls basketball going on, it's hard to say I'll be paying for that privilege.