Gorgui Dieng Bio - GoCards.com | Official Website of University of Louisville Athletics


Gorgui Dieng
Gorgui Dieng


Kebemer, Senegal

High School:
Covenant/Huntington Prep

Height / Weight:
6-11 / 245




Louisville-SMU Postgame Quotes

- www.GoCards.com -


No. 3 Louisville Overpowers College of Charleston, 70-48

Russ Smith led the Cardinals with 21 points and five assists.


Men's Basketball Shows Impressive Shooting in First Scrimmage

The Red team had three players score at least 20 points apiece in its victory.


Men's Basketball Team Earns Big East Academic Honor

Cardinals' 2013 NCAA Championship team was also a leader in the classroom


Dieng, Siva Selected In NBA Draft

Dieng chosen by the Utah Jazz with the 21st pick, then traded to Minnesota; Siva to the Detroit Pistons with the 56th pick


Cardinal Athletic Fund: Gorgui Dieng

Cardinal Athletic Fund Testimonial - men's basketball player Gorgui Dieng



Louisville Men's Basketball visits the White House and Capitol celebrating their National Championship



Louisville Men's & Women's Basketball Celebration Rally



Louisville Men's Basketball v Michigan | NCAA Championship Game


Cardinals Capture National Championship!

Louisville vs. Michigan (AP)



NCAA Final Four Semi-Final v Wichita State

Junior Year:

  • Pronounced GOR-gee (as in "geese") Jeng
  • BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and an All-BIG EAST first team selection.
  • Averaged 8.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots in six NCAA Tournament games. He was an All-Midwest Region selection. He had his 22nd career double-double against Duke with 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots; preceded by 10 points, 9 rebounds and four blocks vs. Oregon.
  • Close to a triple-double in the BIG EAST Championship title game vs. Syracuse with nine points, nine rebounds and a career-high eight assists.
  • Produced his 21st career double-double in the Cardinals' home finale vs. Notre Dame with 20 points, 11 rebounds, five blocked shots and three steals, hitting 8-of-11 field goals.
  • Had 11 points, 14 rebounds and three assists at Syracuse.
  • Scored a career-high 23 points against Seton Hall (10-of-11 FG), adding eight rebounds and three blocked shots (2/23/13).
  • Blocked a season-high six shots at Rutgers and five at USF and vs. Notre Dame.
  • Produced double-doubles in eight of the Cardinals' BIG EAST games.
  • In league games only, he led in the BIG EAST Conference in rebounding (10.8 rpg) and was second in blocked shots (2.8 bpg).
  • In overall statistics, he ranked second in the BIG EAST Conference and 29th nationally in rebounding (9.4 rpg), and third in the league and 24th nationally in blocked shots (2.5). His 9.4 rebounding average was the highest in 19 years (since Clifford Rozier in 1993-94, 11.1 rpg).
  • Grabbed nine or more rebounds in 19 of his 33 games as a junior.
  • Has blocked a shot in 92 of his 102 career games, with multiple swats in 66 games (21 of 33 this year, 33 of 40 last year). He has blocked at least four shots in 33 career games. He swatted a season-best six shots at Rutgers and blocked seven on five occasions in his career.
  • His 267 career blocks are the second most at Louisville.
  • Named BIG EAST Player of the Week and ESPN.com national player of the week in the final week of the season after he averaged a double-double in wins over Cincinnati and Notre Dame.
  • Double-double performance against St. John's with 10 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and two blocked shots.
  • Had 17 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals vs. Notre Dame.
  • Totaled 14 points, 12 rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists vs. Pitt.
  • Had 16 points at Seton Hall while adding 14 rebounds and four blocks.
  • Missed seven games while recovering from a broken wrist he suffered Nov. 23, returning to play against Kentucky on Dec. 29. He had returned to practice on Dec. 26. He broke the scaphoid bone in his left wrist when he fell while taking a charge early in the first half of the Cardinals' 84-61 victory over No. 13 Missouri on Nov. 23. He had a screw surgically inserted on Nov. 27.
  • Preseason All-BIG EAST selection and he was among the top 50 preseason candidates for the Wooden Award and Naismith Award.

Sophomore Year:

  • His 128 blocked shots as a sophomore were a new UofL single season record and his 184 career blocks are the fourth most at Louisville.
  • Led the BIG EAST and was eighth nationally in blocked shots (3.2 per game), was third in the league in rebounding (9.1; 45th in the nation) and seventh in field goal percentage (.525). He swatted six shots three times (vs. Memphis, Kentucky, Seton Hall) and seven on three occasions (vs. St. John's, Rutgers, Michigan St.).
  • Had 11 double-doubles as a sophomore, the latest being 11 points, 13 rebounds and four steals at Cincinnati. His 11 double-doubles were third in the BIG EAST.
  • Has blocked a shot in 61 of his 69 career games, with multiple swats in 46 games (33 of 40 last year). He has blocked at least four shots in 21 career games, including 16 on the season. He has had back-to-back games with at least five blocked shots on four occasions in his career, the most in UofL history.
  • Named to the NCAA West Region All-Tournament team, bolstered by swatting a career-best matching seven shots against Michigan State in the regional semifinals.
  • Named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament team after averaging 8.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots while shooting 68.2 percent from the field in the four games.
  • First Cardinal to grab as many as 12 rebounds in 5 straight games since 1971-72.
  • Selected to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for games Dec. 4-11 when he produced a pair of double-doubles in averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 86.7 percent from the field (13-of-15) in two victories.
  • Had 11 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots vs. Seton Hall.
  • Totaled 13 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots against Western Kentucky.
  • Produced consecutive double-doubles in five games. He is the first Cardinal to have five straight double-doubles since Luke Whitehead from March 8-21, 2003.
  • Gained over 50 lbs since arriving at UofL.
  • Has a 7-4 wingspan and speaks five languages (Spanish, French, Italian, English and his native Wolof).

Freshman Year:

  • Produced his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Connecticut (2/18/11).
  • Blocked a shot in 24 of his 29 games as a freshman, with multiple swats in 13 games. He was third in the BIG EAST and ranked 53rd nationally in blocks (1.9). He blocked at least four shots in five games, including rejecting five against Seton Hall and at USF in his first two BIG EAST games.
  • Starter at center in 10 games, averaging 6.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in those 10 starts while hitting 26-of-42 field goals (.619).
  • Took a hard fall early in the second half against West Virginia, hitting his head on the court and suffering a concussion and neck strain. He missed the Cardinals' next five games against Connecticut, Georgetown, DePaul, Notre Dame and Syracuse. He returned to practice on Feb. 10 and made his first game appearance in three weeks at Cincinnati with three blocks and two rebounds in 12 minutes. He was back for the last five games.
  • Totaled nine points, six rebounds and five blocked shots against Seton Hall in the Cardinals' BIG EAST opener. He followed that with 10 points and five blocks at USF.
  • Produced eight points, a season-high 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots against Gardner-Webb in his first career start. The seven blocks in this game and vs. FIU are tied for the seventh most blocks in a game in UofL history. It was the most for a UofL player since 2003.
  • Totaled 15 points, five rebounds and seven blocked shots against FIU -- the most blocks for a UofL player in seven years.
  • Totaled 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots in UofL's exhibition victory over Northern Kentucky, just six days after he was cleared by the NCAA to compete.

High School:

  • Averaged 15.4 points, 12.6 rebounds and 7.2 blocked shots as a senior at Huntington Prep.
  • Ranked 44th nationally in the 2010 class by Rivals.com and 46th in the nation by Scout.com
  • Named the MVP of the Black Team in the 2010 Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic all-star game played in Louisville's Freedom Hall on April 10 after producing 15 points, seven rebounds and eight blocked shots.
  • Totaled 16 points, 11 rebounds and five steals and hit a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer in leading Senegal to a 66-65 victory over Team USA Midwest in the 2009 Nike Global Challenge in Oregon on Aug. 8, 2009.
  • Had narrowed his collegiate choices to Marquette, Colorado and Marshall before signing with the Cardinals.


  • Born Jan. 18, 1990 ... Son of Momar Dieng and Seynabou Diagne ... One of eight children in his family ... Major is communication.
  • Personal goal at UofL is to graduate and win the national championship.
  • Enjoys playing video games in his spare time.
  • Best basketball advice given to him was to make "no excuses and be the best that you can."
  • Chose to attend UofL because "we have good people here with a great attitude."
  • A fond memory was when his national team qualified for the African Championship and Olympics by beating the USA and he hit the shot to win it at the buzzer.
  • Wanted to wear No. 10 because he feels that the best players in sports wear that number.
  • If you walked into his dorm room, the first thing you would notice is that it's too clean and nice.
  • What impresses him the most about Coach Pitino: "He wants everything perfect. If you are an average player, he will make you good and if you are good, he will make you great."
  • Would most like to meet Barack Obama


  • Basketball Player: Kevin Durant
  • NBA Team: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Athlete, Other than a basketball player: Lionel Messi
  • Movie: 21 Jump Street
  • Comedian: Kevin Hart
  • Subject: math
  • Web site: Facebook
  • Foods: wings, lasagna, steak
  • Vacation spot: Senegal

Career Statistics

Official Online Store