Surprise Visitor; 6'10 center checks out UofL

Who is Gorgui Sy Dieng? He's an intriguing 6-foot-10 center from Huntington Prep. Sy Dieng recently arrived in the United State via Senegal and Wednesday he made an unofficial visit to Louisville. has the scoop on Sy Dieng's visit to UofL.

Gorgui Sy Dieng, pronounced Gore-gee, made an unexpected visit to Louisville Wednesday. Sy Dieng, a teammate of Justin Coleman at Huntington Prep, tagged along with the five-star prospect to check out the Cardinals.

The question: Is Louisville interested in the 6-foot-10 Senegal native? Sy Dieng arrived in the United States recently, but the center played with the Senegal team in the Nike Global Games in early August and averaged 16.6 points and eight rebounds per game, while playing against competition from the United States.

"That's a new relationship," Fulford said of UofL. "I think there's definitely an interest there [from Louisville], probably for the future. I'm not sure about for next year. I'm not sure how quick he could come in and play in the Big East."

Fulford said there's a possibility that Sy Dieng could re-classify to the Class of 2011. If that happens, expect Louisville, and a bunch of other elite national programs, throw their hats into the ring for his commitment.

"There may be an option of him being a 2011 kid," said Fulford. "If he's a 2011 kid he would be a Top 10 player nationally. So there would be an obvious interest. He's not your average center. He can do it all."

While Louisville is still exploring their interest in Sy Dieng, South Florida, Louisville's opponent Wednesday night, is heavily recruiting him.

"Mainly that visit was set up for Justin," said Fulford. "I brought Gorgui up simply to let him experience high-level basketball. It's early in the process for him. It worked out because South Florida is recruiting him very hard so he got a chance to see them play."

Sy Dieng burst onto the scene last summer at Nike's Global Challenge when he held Michigan State recruit Adrien Payne to 0-3 shooting and just four rebounds while hitting the game-winning three in Senegal's win over USA Midwest.

"Gorgui is extremely athletic," said Fulford. "He's not a typical African kid. His basketball IQ is extremely high. He's long, he has a 7'4 wingspan. He can play at the top of press and you don't have to worry about him on the pick and roll because he can guard wings. He's still raw and obviously needs to add some weight."

Sy Dieng, in addition to adding strength to his frame, needs to make strides academically.

"He's got to take care of his stuff in the classroom," Fulford said. "He speaks four languages, unfortunately English is his fourth language. So the SAT is going to be a challenge for him."

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