Louisville Men's Basketball v College of Charleston
His first name is pronounced MANG-go like the fruit, with a silent "K;" last name is MATH-ee-ang.
Sat out the 2012-13 season, but was able to practice with the Cardinals while attending UofL.
Averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots his final prep year for IMG's postgraduate team, which posted a 28-2 record in 2011-12. Eleven of his IMG teammates signed with NCAA Division I schools.
Born in Sudan, Africa, Mathiang lived in Melbourne, Australia for several years before moving to the United States to play a season of high school basketball at Carbondale (Ill.) Brehm Prep School in 2010-11. While at Brehm Prep, he blocked an event-high seven shots against Princeton Day Academy in the 2011 National Prep School Invitational.
A late addition to the Cardinal roster in 2012, joining the team in August 2012 after arriving on campus the day before classes started.
UofL Coach Rick Pitino says Mathiang is extremely quick and agile for his size and has a great future because of the way he moves at both ends of the court.
Chose to attend UofL after also receiving offers from Kansas State, Georgia, Mississippi State, Auburn and Central Michigan.
Also played rugby, soccer and Australian rules football in high school while in Australia.
Born Oct. 8, 1992 ... Son of Alfret and Grace Mathiang ... Has four siblings (Elfret, Aledy are older, Piath, Shagi younger) ... Major is business management.
Personal goal at UofL is to earn his college degree.
Enjoys watching movies and working out in his spare time.
Chose to attend UofL because "of the people here."
Best basketball advice given to him was "if you really love basketball, work hard and you will make it."
Feels Michael Blackson would be the best actor to play him in a movie.
Few people know that he does not like scary movies.
Most proud of "my mother for bringing me this far in life."
His older sister Aledy has had the greatest influence on his athletic career.
Best thing about being a Cardinal is his teammates.
When he played basketball as a kid, he pretended he was Dwight Howard.
Wanted to wear No. 12 because it is his favorite player Dwight Howard's number.
Would most like to meet his grandmother.
Chose to attend UofL because of the fans.
Best moment of his athletic career to date was finding out he could attend school at UofL.
What impresses him the most about Coach Pitino: "he is an outgoing person off the court, and the new tattoo he got (depicting UofL's NCAA championship)."
Basketball Player: Dwight Howard, LeBron James
Athlete, Other than a Basketball Player: Lionel Messi