2012-13 COLLEGE STATS
- Long, athletic big man
- Excellent rebounder
- Intimidating shot blocker
- Good passer for a big man
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING AROUND THE WEB
Apr 11 Update: Rick Pitino announced that Dieng will enter the 2013 NBA Draft. Dieng has been hanging around the Top 30 all year, but his performance in the NCAA title game against Michigan may have elevated his stock. The knock on Dieng is that he is a 23-year-old junior and doesn't have a lot of upside. However, he can probably play back-up minutes in the NBA right now. He is a good shot-blocker and rebounder, has proven to be a very good passer from the high post and has shown he can knock down a few shots when needed. He may not be a superstar, but he could end up having a long career in the NBA. He's a likely mid-to-late first-round pick.
After a promising freshman season where he excelled in a limited role, Gorgui Dieng clearly took his game to the next level as a sophomore, more than doubling his minutes per game while developing into one of Louisville's most important players.
Dieng's physical attributes –standing 6-10 with a reported 7-6 wingspan-- remain his strongest selling point, and he's an even more attractive prospect from that perspective than he was the last time we profiled him. Dieng has significantly filled out his frame and added strength since he stepped foot on campus, and reportedly made even more gains this summer based on the way he looked at the Adidas Nations in August.
While Dieng's increased mass will certainly help him better contest physically inside on both ends of the floor, it's also been relieving that he hasn't sacrificed any athleticism or mobility for it, still being all the athlete he was two years ago.