Dieng nearing decision

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Gorgui Dieng is close to making a college choice. The Derby Festival Basketball Classic MVP will make two visits this week then is expected to announce a decision. Will the talented 6-foot-10 shot-blocker pick Louisville or choose one of the programs he's set to visit in the coming days? InsideTheVille.com has the latest....

Gorgui Dieng's recruitment is nearing an end.

Dieng, the MVP of the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic after posting 15 points, seven rebounds and eight blocked shots, will make two visits this week before announcing a decision, according to his high school coach, Rob Fulford.

The athletic 6-foot-10 center from Huntington (WV) Prep via Senegal, will travel west for an AAU tournament and will visit Colorado while on the trip. He'll then visit Marquette later in the week. After those trips, Dieng, who has already visited Louisville, Kentucky, Virginia Tech and Marshall, is expected to make a decision.

"Gorgui's going to take a visit out to Colorado," Dieng's coach, Rob Fulford said. "He's playing with the Los Angeles Pump-n-Run in the Colorado tournament and he's going to take an official while he's out there. And then he's going to make one to Marquette and after that he'll decide."

Though Louisville, Marshall and Virginia Tech appear the leaders, Dieng's parents want him to check out a couple more schools before choosing a college.

"His parents wanted him to look at a couple of different schools," Fulford said. "He's obviously been here, Kentucky, Virginia Tech and Marshall on unofficials. So they want him to take a look at a couple [more] schools and then he'll make a decision."

"I have to do this step by step and take my time," Dieng added.

Louisville sounds like the team to beat. The Cardinals have recruited Dieng the hardest and already have a commitment from his teammate, wing forward Justin Coleman.

"Louisville's obviously in there," Fulford said. "The fans were great tonight and they've been trying to get him to do the 'L' sign all day and I'm shocked that he didn't do it. They have a good chance. They've recruited him harder than anyone else and he knows that. Once he gets the visits out of the way, in my opinion, Louisville will win out."

After the game, InsideTheVille.com asked Dieng if his experience in Louisville this week helped the Cardinals cause. With a wily smile, Dieng said, "Yeah, it helps a lot because people liked me and I liked them, too."

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