Celtics draft prospect profile: Gorgui Dieng

Fourth in a series of profiles of potential Celtics draft choices.

We’re continuing our Celtics draft preview with a profile of Louisville center Gorgui Dieng. We’ll preview the best fits for the Celtics up until the 2013 NBA Draft June 27. Boston owns the No. 16 pick.


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Gorgui Dieng
Position: Center
Age: 23
Height, weight: 6-11, 230 pounds
Last played: University of Louisville
2012-13 stats: 9.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.5 blocks in 31 minutes
DraftExpress.com projection: No. 20 pick

Strengths: Length, shot-blocking, wingspan

Weaknesses: Post game, strength on defense/rebounding

Skinny: Dieng was the Big East’s Defensive Player of the Year and the anchor to one of the best defenses in the country, averaging 3.2 blocks per 40 minutes of play. He also became adept at guarding the pick-and-roll and switching onto smaller players, skills that will translate very well to the NBA. Where Dieng is lacking a bit is in guarding and boxing out stronger players, though he’s added about 50 pounds to his frame and is no longer a too-skinny prospect.

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On offense, Dieng has developed a midrange jump shot, knocking down 50 percent of his attempts last season. His post-up game is a work in progress. He’s gotten much better at catching and finishing around the rim. The 23-year-old has been playing basketball for six years and figures to be a defensive specialist in the NBA, at least to start.

DraftExpress.com puts together some fantastic prospect profile videos. The one of Dieng is below.