Dieng discusses NBA future

NEW YORK - CardinalAuthority.com spoke with U of L center Gorgui Dieng moments after he was named to the preseason All-Big East Conference 1st team. The junior talked about his NBA future and more.

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NEW YORK – University of Louisville junior center Gorgui Dieng was selected to the first-team preseason All-Big East Conference squad on Wednesday. The 6-foot- 11 Dieng is already listed on some NBA Draft boards. Cardinal Authority talked to Dieng about this season and his future.

University of Louisville junior center Gorgui Dieng spent about an hour answering questions from the media on Wednesday at Big East Media Day.

The 6-foot-11 Dieng admitted he wasn't pleased with his 12-point, 12-rebound effort in the first Red-White scrimmage, saying "I didn't play too good."

Dieng told his story about coming from Senegal, spending a season at Huntington, W. Va., Prep School and turning into a star at U of L.

"I think I am very blessed to be where I am today," he said. "It's cool. I am very happy with what I have and where I am."

Dieng also talked about his future.

There has been some speculation that he may look at testing the NBA Draft waters at the end of this season. Dieng is listed by NBADraft.net as a potential first- round draft pick and is a first or second-round selection by most mock drafts.

"I never look at that," Dieng said. "Not at all. Every time coach talks about the NBA, it's a lesson he's teaching us. The NBA is all about business."

Dieng admitted the "NBA is in my future," but said he's liking college life a lot and isn't sure he's ready to give that up.

"College is so much fun," he said. "We don't have any bills. I don't have to worry about anything but getting up early, going to class and playing basketball.

"Now, that's fun. I just want to enjoy college, have some fun playing basketball and the NBA is in my future. The NBA isn't going anywhere."

As a sophomore, Dieng averaged 9.1 points and 9.1 rebounds a game. He led the Big East and was eighth nationally in blocked shots at 3.2 a game. He was third in the league in rebounding and set a new single-season U of L record with 128 blocks.


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