Gorgui Dieng

by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor

Gorgui Dieng

Source: University of Louisville Athletics

June 26, 2013

School: Louisville
Position: Center
Height: 6'11"
Weight: 245 lbs
Class: Junior
Points Per Game: 9.8
Rebounds Per Game: 9.4
Assists Per Game: 2.0
Steals Per Game: 1.3
Blocks Per Game: 2.5
Turnovers Per Game: 1.0

Sophomore (2010-11): Name is pronounced GOR-gee Jeng... His 128 blocked shots as a sophomore were a new UofL single season record and his 184 career blocks are the fourth most at Louisville...Led the BIG EAST and was eighth nationally in blocked shots (3.2 per game), was third in the league in rebounding (9.1; 45th in the nation) and seventh in field goal percentage (.525). He swatted six shots three times (vs. Memphis, Kentucky, Seton Hall) and seven on three occasions (vs. St. John's, Rutgers, Michigan St.)...Had 11 double-doubles as a sophomore, the latest being 11 points, 13 rebounds and four steals at Cincinnati. His 11 double-doubles were third in the BIG EAST...Has blocked a shot in 61 of his 69 career games, with multiple swats in 46 games (33 of 40 last year). He has blocked at least four shots in 21 career games, including 16 on the season. He has had back-to-back games with at least five blocked shots on four occasions in his career, the most in UofL history...Named to the NCAA West Region All-Tournament team, bolstered by swatting a career-best matching seven shots against Michigan State in the regional semifinals...Named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament team after averaging 8.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots while shooting 68.2 percent from the field in the four games...First Cardinal to grab as many as 12 rebounds in 5 straight games since 1971-72...Selected to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for games Dec. 4-11 when he produced a pair of double-doubles in averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 86.7 percent from the field (13-of-15) in two victories...Had 11 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots vs. Seton Hall...Totaled 13 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots against Western Kentucky...Produced consecutive double-doubles in five games. He is the first Cardinal to have five straight double-doubles since Luke Whitehead from March 8-21, 2003... Gained over 50 lbs since arriving at UofL.
Has a 7-4 wingspan and speaks five languages (Spanish, French, Italian, English and his native Wolof).

Personal: Born Jan. 18, 1990 ... Son of Momar Dieng and Seynabou Diagne ... One of eight children in his family ... Major is communication...Personal goal at UofL is to graduate and win the national championship...Enjoys playing video games in his spare time...Best basketball advice given to him was to make "no excuses and be the best that you can."...Chose to attend UofL because "we have good people here with a great attitude."...A fond memory was when his national team qualified for the African Championship and Olympics by beating the USA and he hit the shot to win it at the buzzer...Wanted to wear No. 10 because he feels that the best players in sports wear that number...If you walked into his dorm room, the first thing you would notice is that it's too clean and nice...What impresses him the most about Coach Pitino: "He wants everything perfect. If you are an average player, he will make you good and if you are good, he will make you great."... Would most like to meet Barack Obama

Favorities: Basketball Player: Kevin Durant...NBA Team: Los Angeles Lakers...Athlete, Other than a basketball player: Lionel Messi...Movie: 21 Jump Street...Comedian: Kevin Hart...Subject: math...Web site: Facebook...Foods: wings, lasagna, steak...Vacation spot: Senegal

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