Dieng cleared to play for L'ville

Gorgui Dieng, Louisville's top 2010 recruit, received big news Tuesday. The 6'9 center won an appeal with the NCAA and will be allowed to play this season for Louisville, providing much needed inside depth for the Cardinals.

Gorgui Dieng has been cleared by the NCAA and will be allowed to play for Louisville this season, according to University of Louisville officials.

Dieng, who was originally declared ineligible to play this season, appealed that ruling and received word Tuesday that he won his eligibility appeal.

"We're really excited on a number of fronts, but first for the young man," Rick Pitino said. "He's an extremely conscientious student, speaks five languages and is very concerned about his academic welfare. I always had confidence and was optimistic that the NCAA would clear him to play. It restores my faith in that if you do things the right way, things will work out. For the young man and for our program, it's a big boost."

While Dieng awaited a decision on his appeal, the 6'9, 225-pound center has not been allowed to practice with the Cardinals. Louisville began practice Oct. 15, and Dieng will be able to practice with the team immediately.

Dieng, who attended Louisville's Media Day last Thursday and sat behind the bench Sunday for the Red-White scrimmage, will provide much needed depth in Louisville's thin frontcourt.

Dieng was considered one of the nation's Top 50 recruits last year coming out of Huntington Prep. He is one of three scholarship newcomers this season for UofL, joining freshmen point guards Russ Smith and Elisha Justice.