Gorgui Dieng (pronounced GOR-gee Deng) averaged 15.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 7.2 blocked shots as a senior last season at Huntington Prep. He is ranked 46th in the nation by Scout.com.
"Gorgui is someone who we put a lot of effort into recruiting," said Pitino. "He has as much upside as any player I've ever recruited. He's 6-10, long, a terrific shot-blocker, and has a good shooting touch from outside. He'll work very hard to build up his body from 215 to 235. We expect him to be one of the better shot blockers that we've signed here at U of L."
Dieng was named the MVP of the Black Team in the 2010 Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic all-star game played in Freedom Hall on April 10 after producing 15 points, seven rebounds and eight blocked shots. He totaled 16 points, 11 rebounds and five steals and hit a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer in leading Senegal to a 66-65 victory over Team USA Midwest in the Nike Global Challenge in Oregon on August 8, 2009.
Dieng had narrowed his collegiate choices to Marquette, Colorado and Marshall before signing with the Cardinals. He has a 7-4 wingspan and speaks five languages, the latest of which is English.
Dieng is the fourth member of the Cardinals' 2010 freshman class, joining Justin Coleman, a 6-5, 210-pound guard/forward from Richmond, Va. who also played last season at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep School; Elisha Justice, a 5-10, 180-pound guard from Shelby Valley High School in Pikeville, Ky.; and 6-0, 160-pound guard Russ Smith from New York, who played a year of prep school at the South Kent (Conn.) School last season.