Dieng Decision; Gorgui picks Louisville

The wait for Gorgui Dieng's decision is over. After visiting Marquette this weekend, the 6'10 shot blocker from Huntington (WV) Prep pulled the trigger on a decision. Needing some good news from the recruiting trail, Rick Pitino received it Monday from one of the top uncommitted prospects nationally.

Gorgui Dieng ended his recruitment Monday.

Dieng, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound shot blocker from Huntington (WV) Prep, committed to Louisville after visiting Big East rival Marquette over the weekend.

"They have good people there and I can can go there and play," Dieng told Scout.com's Evan Daniels. "They play fastbreak basketball. Coach P doesn't always care about the offense he wants you to play defense and then you can do what you want on offense. I'll get better at basketball and I can get to the next level with coach P."

Dieng's decision couldn't have come at a better time for Louisville. The Cardinals lost a heated recruiting war last week to Kentucky for Marquis Teague, the top-ranked point guard in the Class of 2011, and five-star 2011 center Michael Chandler backed out of his commitment to UofL recently.

One of the top uncommitted prospects in the Class of 2010, Dieng was the MVP of the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic earlier this month after posting 15 points, seven rebounds and eight blocks.

Gorgui Dieng had good news for Louisville Monday afternoon. (Darrell Russell)
The third member of Rick Pitino's 2010 recruiting class, Dieng will join South Kent (CT) Prep point guard Russell Smith and Huntington (WV) Prep teammate Justin Coleman next season at UofL. Louisville also has a commitment from Kentucky Mr. Basketball Elisha Justice, who will walk-on to the Cardinals team next season.

A native of Senegal who speaks five languages, Dieng has played only one season in the United States but made a big impact playing in Rob Fulford's program. Dieng drew heavy interest from Colorado, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Marquette and Marshall before committing to the Cardinals Monday.

Dieng's decision for Louisville shouldn't have come as a surprise. The Cardinals have been the favorite all along thanks to Pitino's hard work on the recruiting trail. Pitino identified Dieng early as a potential spring recruiting target, got him on campus during the season for unofficial visits and followed up with visits to watch him play.

"They've recruited him harder than anyone else and he knows that," Fulford said recently.

An outstanding shot blocker with uncanny timing and length, Dieng figures to make an immediate impact for the Cardinals next season. If Samardo Samuels returns for his junior season, Dieng could team with him and junior Terrence Jennings to form one of the top frontcourts in the Big East next season.

"A lot of the guards that drive in there don't understand the presence he has," Fulford said after Dieng's dominant performance in the Kentucky Derby Basketball Classic. "He can literally dominate a game at the defensive end. He has great timing. He's long and knows when to jump. He has so much upside."

Dieng averaged 15 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks this season. According to Evan Daniels, Dieng will be a four-star, Top 100 recruit in Scout.com's updated spring rankings.

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