Pitino offers 6'10 Sy Dieng

Rick Pitino went to Huntington, WV., Friday night to watch Justin Coleman play Las Vegas (NV) Findlay Prep. Apparently, the Louisville coach came away highly impressed with Coleman's teammate, 6'10 forward Gorgui Sy Dieng. Monday, InsideTheVille.com confirmed the Cardinals have made an important move........

Rick Pitino went to Huntington, WV., Friday night to watch Justin Coleman play Las Vegas (NV) Findlay Prep. Apparently, the Louisville coach came away highly impressed with Coleman's teammate, 6'10 forward Gorgui Sy Dieng.

Since the visit, there's been heavy speculation that Louisville might be on the verge of offering the Sudanese native a scholarship. Monday afternoon, InsideTheVille.com received confirmation from Sy Dieng's prep school coach there's an offer on the table from the Cardinals.

"Walter [McCarty] sent me a text today and they said they loved him, they were going to offer him a scholarship and they were going to be at our game on the 17th up in Dayton," Huntington coach Rob Fulford said. "It's his highest-level offer."

Fulford said Marshall and Seton Hall have also offered scholarships to Sy Dieng. Fulford said he doesn't anticipate a decision from Sy Dieng any time soon. "We have to make sure he understands how the process works," Fulford said. "I don't want him to rush and make any kind of decision. Louisville is going to be in the top couple [on his list] - no question."

Sy Dieng didn't put up monster numbers in a 61-47 loss to Findlay but apparently showed enough potential to further grab Pitino's attention.

"He's 6'10, he's long he's athletic, has great hands and feet and blocks shots and can shoot from the perimeter and he did all that the other night," Fulford said. "He didn't have a big stat line against Findlay because it was such a low scoring game, but he did get five blocks."

Pitino and Arkansas coach John Phelphry were on hand Friday to watch Coleman. Louisville recently had the 6'5 2010 small forward on campus for a visit and are very high on his list. Coleman is rated a Top 25 prospect nationally in his recruiting class.

"I think there was an interest level there with Gorgei but they were there to watch Coleman," Fulford said. "I think [Louisville] came away impressed with Gorgei and the upside he has. If you could take only one player between Coleman and Gorgei, Gorgei is the obvious choice. Coleman's a good player don't get me wrong but Gorgei has so much upside. What you see with Coleman is what you get."


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