Dieng named Big East's top defender

One day after being named to the first-team All-Big East Conference team, University of Louisville junior Gorgui Dieng was honored again. The 6-foot-11 Dieng was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

Dieng was honored by the leagues coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players for the honor.

After a wrist injury early in the season, Dieng became a major force in the middle for the Cardinals in league play.

Dieng averages 10.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots a game on the season. He led the league in Big East games with 10.8 rebounds a game and was second with 2.8 blocked shots.

On Saturday, Dieng went through Senior Day festivities because coach Rick Pitino believes he will be a first-round pick. Pitino has said if he's projected in the first round that he expects Dieng to turn pro.

Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams and Providence's Kadeem Batts were named co-Most Improved Players, while Marquette's Davante Gardner was the leagues Sixth Man Award.


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