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Gorgui Dieng

  • Full Name: Gorgui Dieng
  • Position: Center
  • Height/Weight: 6-11 / 230
  • Birthdate: January 18, 1990
  • College: Louisville
Utah Jazz (Traded to Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night) Round 1: Pick 21
 

- Shabazz and Dieng Introduced

Strengths
- 7-4 wingspan
- Good athlete
- Great shot blocker
- Good rebounder
- Solid passer
- Reliable midrange jumper

Weaknesses
- Still developing a consistent low-post offensive game

NBA projection
Dieng has been projected as a mid-first-round pick. He has skills and physical attributes that would suggest he will, at the very least, be a solid defender in the NBA, both a good shot blocker and a solid defender in the low post because he can move his feet, intimidate with his length and battle from a strength standpoint. He's also quick enough to switch off screens and guard multiple positions.

2012-13 Season
Despite missing seven games with a broken wrist, Dieng helped Louisville win the national championship with his intimidating back line defense and timely scoring.

Key statistics
9.8 ppg | 9.4 rpg | 2.0 apg | 1.7 tpg | 1.3 spg | 2.5 bpg | 31.1 mpg | .534 FG | .652 FT

Cool statistic
As a sophomore, Dieng blocked 128 shots, a Louisville single-season record that shattered Pervis Ellison's old mark by 26 blocks.

Reminds me of...
Joel Anthony

What Insiders Say
Louisville coach Rick Pitino
"He is getting better. First you saw him get better with his midrange shot and then he adds the ball fake to his midrange shot and keeps getting better, which is why I think the pros are going to get such a good basketball player. ... He is just scratching the surface of how good he can be. He is a very good passer and does a lot of very good things, but if you give him a move, he can learn it in a very short period of time. He is extremely bright."

What Outsiders Say
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey
"When he is scoring, it is a whole another gear for them. They have had their offensive droughts and times when they can't score, but he looked like a pro tonight [with 21 points

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch