KETTERING, Ohio -- During the second day of the Flyin' To The Hoop, Gorgui Dieng nearly put up a…
FTTH: Gorgui Dieng Spotlight
Gorgui Dieng is proof that surprises do pop up every now and then. Playing against Kettering Alter, the 6-foot-10 native of Senegal that's been in the United States for three months, flirted with a triple-double going for 18 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks on Sunday on a big stage at the Flyin' To The Hoop. "Gorgui does that every game," Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford said. "That's basically his stat line." Deing appears a little different than majority of the midseason foreign imports. His skill level and knowledge of the game are what sets him apart, according to Fulford. "Most Africans that come over can run and jump, but have no idea how to play basketball," Fulford told Scout.com. "He's not in that category. He has a very high basketball IQ." Dieng has developed an impressive overall skill set. Offensively he can face guys up for jumpers or score with hooks inside. Defensively, he's got great timing when it comes to blocking shots and he locks down his area. "If somebody tries to score I block it," Dieng said. "That's my job. I like to score and I block shots." "He's definitely a high major kid," Fulford said. I think he's got the potential to be a NBA veteran for a long time if his development continues." Even his teammates have been impressed. Justin Coleman, a 6-foot-4 guard that ranks in Scout.com's top 25, predicts Dieng will get better once he makes his way to a college program. "I think he's going to do a lot better at the next level," Coleman said. "He's more of a finesse big more than a pounder. I've seen him play against some of the people I've played against during the summer and he did really well against them." But it's not just about basketball for Dieng, who speaks five languages. He's got a 3.6 GPA and is using basketball to get a college education. "If I had to take one, basketball or school, I would say school," the talented senior said. "I can't play basketball in 30-35 years, so if I don't have a diploma, I can't do anything." "I love basketball, and that's why I came to the United States," he said. "Basketball is my life. It helps me with school. If I didn't play basketball, I can't come to the United States for school. School wise, Deing hasn't received a ton of attention. But that will soon change. "We haven't had a whole lot," Fulford said of the interest in Dieng. "Louisville has been on him from the get go and were the first ones up there. Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Virginia and South Florida have been consistently in there." "We've had a few people call," he added. "Georgia Tech called. Georgetown called and Kentucky. He really likes Louisville and he loves it in Huntington. Marshall is going to be in his top five, I'll tell you that. Louisville right now is probably in the lead." Whichever school manages to snag Dieng, they'll be getting a nice 2010 surprise.
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