Gorgui Dieng

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Gorgui Dieng
20140101 Gorgui Dieng (1).JPG
Dieng in 2014
No. 5 – Minnesota Timberwolves
Position Center / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1990-01-18) January 18, 1990 (age 25)
Kébémer, Senegal
Nationality Senegalese
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school Huntington Prep
(Huntington, West Virginia)
College Louisville (2010–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Pro career 2013–present
Career history
2013–present Minnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards

Gorgui Sy Dieng (pronounced GOR-gee Jeng; born January 18, 1990)[1] is a Senegalese professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Gorgui means "the old one" in his native language Wolof.

High school career[edit]

Dieng attended the Sports for Education and Economic Development (SEEDS) Academy in Thies, Sénégal.[2] While at SEEDS, Dieng had a 3.2 GPA.[3]

He was invited to the "Basketball Without Borders" camp in South Africa in 2009 as one of 60 promising players selected from across Africa, he was named MVP of the camp[4][5]

Dieng transferred to Huntington Prep in West Virginia for the 2009–10 school year where he played for coach Rob Fulford. He averaged 15.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 7.2 blocks per game his senior season at Huntington Prep.[6]

College career[edit]


Dieng was recruited by Marquette, Marshall, Colorado, and Louisville among others who came in late. His high school coach Rob Fulford said "Academics are no question, He passed the SAT six months after learning English and passed with 400 points to spare."[3] The most interest was from Louisville and Marshall. Then on March 30, 2010 head coach Donnie Jones left Marshall to become the head coach of the University of Central Florida. The next day, Rick Pitino signed a contract extension through 2017 with Louisville. On April 26, 2010 Dieng verbally committed to Louisville. Louisville assistant coach Walter McCarty, who has NBA experience, helped Rick Pitino land Dieng in a Cardinals uniform.[3]

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Dieng was listed as the No. 10 power forward and the No. 44 player in the nation in 2010.[7]

Louisville career[edit]

Dieng in 2013 with Louisville

Dieng was ruled ineligible by the NCAA when he first arrived at Louisville forcing them to hold him out of practice and individual workouts.[8] Louisville appealed the NCAA's decision and on October 26, 2010 it was announced that the NCAA reversed its original decision and ruled Dieng eligible immediately.[9] As a freshman Dieng saw action in 29 games averaging 16 mins a game. He scored 5.7 points a game, pulled down 4.4 rebounds and blocked 1.9 shots a game in his limited action.[10] The Cardinals finished the 2010–11 season with a 25–10 record, 12–6 in Big East play tied for 3rd and lost in the championship game of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament to Connecticut. They received an at-large bid and a #4 seed in the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where they were upset in the second round by #13 seeded Morehead State.[11]

As a sophomore, Dieng started at center for the 2011–12 Louisville team that reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. In the 2011–12 season, Dieng led the Big East Conference in blocks, and set the all-time school record for blocks in a season.[12] On March 22, 2012, Dieng matched a Louisville tournament record with 7 blocks in a game in a 57–44 Sweet 16 victory over Michigan State.[13]

Dieng was named as a student representative to the board of directors of the U of L athletic department for the 2012–13 school year, succeeding his graduated teammate Kyle Kuric.[14]

Despite being a junior, Dieng was honored on Senior Day in 2013, due to the fact that he would forgo his last year at Louisville to enter the 2013 NBA draft.[15]

College awards and honors[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Minnesota Timberwolves[edit]

Dieng was drafted 21st overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2013 NBA draft and was then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 14th pick, Shabazz Muhammad, in exchange for the ninth pick, Trey Burke.[16][17]

On March 20, 2014, in a game against the Houston Rockets, Dieng recorded 22 points and 21 rebounds, the first ever 20-20 game by a rookie in Timberwolves' franchise history. He is also just the sixth player since the NBA began tracking starts in 1970 to have at least 20 points and 20 rebounds within his first three career starts.[18] On April 11, 2014, also against the Rockets, Dieng scored the game-winning basket with 4.6 seconds left and finished with 12 points and 20 rebounds.[19] As a result of his improvements throughout the second half of the season, Dieng was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team.

On January 12, 2015, Dieng tied his career-high 22 points in a 101-110 loss to the Denver Nuggets.[20] On January 28, he was named a representative of Team World to compete in the 2015 Rising Stars Challenge.[21]

On August 1, 2015, Dieng played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game.[22]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2013–14 Minnesota 60 15 13.6 .498 1.000 .634 5.0 0.7 0.5 0.8 4.8
2014–15 Minnesota 73 49 30.0 .506 .167 .783 8.3 2.0 1.0 1.7 9.7
Career 133 64 22.6 .503 .286 .742 6.8 1.4 0.8 1.3 7.5

International career[edit]

Dieng represented the Senegalese national basketball team during the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup where he averaged 16.0 points and 10.7 rebounds in six games.[23]


  1. ^ 2011–12 Louisville Cardinals media guide
  2. ^ "Alumni- SEEDS". Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Taylor, Grant. "Huntington Prep's Dieng committs to Louisville". herald-dispatch.com. 
  4. ^ "BWB Africa 2009.", FIBA. Retrieved on 4 May 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/sports/colleges/articles/2012/03/23/20120323ncaa-tournament-phoenix-throwback-gorgui-dieng-louisville.html
  6. ^ "Gorgui Dieng Profile". University of Louisville athletics. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Gorgui Dieng Recruiting Profile
  8. ^ "Louisville freshman Gorgui Dieng ruled ineligible". usatoday.com. October 5, 2010. 
  9. ^ Brown, C.L. "Louisville's Gorgui Dieng ruled eligible by NCAA after appeal". courier-journal.com. 
  10. ^ "Gorgui Dieng Stats | College Basketball at". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  11. ^ "2010–11 Louisville Cardinals Schedule and Results | College Basketball at". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  12. ^ "Louisville-Marquette game recap". ESPN. 
  13. ^ "Behanan scores 15, Dieng blocks 7 shots in Louisville's 57–44 win over Michigan State in West". Washington Post. [dead link]
  14. ^ Crawford, Eric (June 5, 2012). "$71.5 million U of L athletic budget". WDRB. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  15. ^ Brown, C.L. (March 6, 2013). "Pitino wants junior to get his senior moment". USA Today. 
  16. ^ "Utah Jazz grab national player of the year in Michigan guard Trey Burke". Washington Post. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-06-28. [dead link]
  17. ^ Baumgardner, Nick (2013-06-27). "On the move: Trey Burke ends up with Utah Jazz after being traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves". MLive.com. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  18. ^ Harden leads Rockets over Timberwolves 129-106
  19. ^ Notebook: Wolves 112, Rockets 110
  20. ^ Afflalo, Nuggets hand Wolves 12th straight loss
  21. ^ Dieng, LaVine, Muhammad and Wiggins to Represent Wolves in 2015 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
  22. ^ NBA stars, legends shine as Team World rallies to beat Team Africa
  23. ^ 2014 FIBA Basketball Cup – Gorgui Dieng

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