HoopsHype Gorgui Dieng rumors

June 21, 2013 Updates

Louisville center Gorgui Dieng appears to be working out for the Hawks today. Deng tweeted late Thursday afternoon, from his account@GorguiDieng, that he was "Going to Atlanta." Two hours later, he tweeted that he "Had a safe flight to Atlanta." He appears to have worked out for the Mavericks after tweeting "Nice weather in Dallas" prior to his posts about going to Atlanta. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Olynyk headlined a workout that featured 12 players, including at least three post players who are projected to be drafted in the first round. The fact that the Jazz already have two promising young big men, Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors, under contract, did not keep them from bringing in some top prospects. In addition to Olynyk, the Jazz worked out 7-foot-1 French center Rudy Gobert and Louisville center Gorgui Dieng, who are both projected to go in the middle of the first round. Salt Lake Tribune

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Louisville center Gorgui Dieng, who's projected to be a late first-round pick, will work out for the Knicks and Nets before the June 27 draft, his agent, Makhtar N'Diaye, confirmed with ESPNNewYork.com. The Knicks are looking into drafting a big man to upgrade their diminished frontcourt, and Dieng could arguably be the best center available in the late first round. The Knicks pick at No. 24. As for the Nets, who have the 22nd selection, they're interested in a defensive-minded backup behind Brook Lopez. ESPN.com

June 1, 2013 Updates

The Bulls want defensive-minded players who come from winning programs, so expect Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng to top their wish list if they go big. Chicago Sun-Times

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"Pitino has squeezed the hell out of those guys," said one NBA player personnel director, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because league rules prohibit discussing underclassmen. "I don't see any of them being consistently in a (NBA) rotation. I'm not even sold on Dieng." Two other league executives - one in both the Eastern and Western Conferences - shared that view of the Louisville roster, projecting Dieng as a late first-round pick and junior guard Russ Smith as a possibility in the second round. And though several other Cardinals will be on the NBA's radar including senior point guard Peyton Siva, sophomore forward Chane Behanan and freshman forward Montrezl Harrell (who might be the best long-term prospect of the group), it is atypical for such a powerful college basketball team to draw so little excitement from NBA scouts. Detroit Free Press

March 8, 2013 Updates

Peyton Siva, Mike Marra and Dieng will be recognized before the game at 3:45 p.m. as part of Senior Day activities. U of L coach Rick Pitino encouraged Dieng to participate because he anticipates that he will be a first-round NBA draft pick and forgo his final year of eligibility. Dieng has already grown a bit weary of being asked about going pro. “I’m the only one people ask, NBA, NBA,” Dieng said. “It cannot make me distracted. but I just want to focus on my main goal – things that make me better and things that make my teammates look better.” Courier-Journal

February 21, 2013 Updates

Rick Pitino said the best thing for Gorgui Dieng would be to go to the NBA after this season. He didn't say that because he wants the junior for Senegal out the door. He likes Dieng so much he named a horse after him. But Pitino is looking at the realities. Dieng turned 23 in January, and professionally speaking, if he could get into the first round of the NBA Draft, now is the time for Dieng to try to strike. WDRB

Dieng, of course, has his own way of looking at things. I asked him what he thought when Pitino made those comments. (And Pitino, for the record, noted that if Dieng isn't a sure first-round pick, he definitely should return). Dieng's response, as always, was thoughtful. "I'm not worried about the NBA right now," Dieng said. ". . . I'm worried about the next game. When the season is over I'll sit down with coach and talk. But I consider myself that I still have a four-year scholarship, and I feel I am a student-athlete, so I'm not just trying to jump ahead of anything." WDRB

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