HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Ajou Deng, a 6-foot-10 junior center, has left the 11th-ranked Connecticut basketball team.

Deng played the first six games of the season, averaging 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds.

``Ajou and I spoke at length both Thursday evening and again Friday afternoon,'' UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. ``He loves Connecticut and he loves his teammates, but he also believes he needs a fresh start.

``I told him we would help him find a new home and we will begin that process immediately. Ajou is a terrific young man and our best wishes will follow him wherever he goes in the future.''