Much hand-wringing by some University of Louisville basketball fans when Rick Pitino’s team lost the recruiting battle over 6-foot-10 Fab Melo to Syracuse last summer.

Ralph Willard

But U of L probably wound up with the better player this spring with the commitment of Gorgui Dieng, according to assistant coach Ralph Willard, on hand at the recent Cardinal Caravan at Captain’s Quarters.

Melo apparently was not that impressive in the workouts Willard attended, the coach indicating that Melo needs some development. “He may turn out to be a good one but it’s going to take time.”

Willard said that Dieng is a physically gifted player well-suited for Louisville’s running game with a lot of natural abilities, especially on the defensive end. “We expect Dieng to see a lot of playing time next season,” he said.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

5 thoughts on “Dieng Worth The Wait For Louisville”
  1. Can’t wait to see Dieng play. Have you heard any news on Coleman? Heard Russ “Grim Reaper” Smith had knee surgery recently.

  2. Dieng is gonna be good if he is more physical and stronger with the ball than samardo was. I think with tj and dieng and swop becoming better we are gonna have some decent big men leading the way next year

  3. Dieng – will be such a nice addition. I have to admit after the anti-climatic season of last year one can hope for great players like him to bump the pre-season up a notch.
    I hope coach Pitino will tweak his unpredictable style a bit. Well, Be a little more tried and true with who remains on the bench and who plays the court……
    I still haven’t figured out Coach P on that one…..

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