This article ran yesterday in the Los Angeles Times. Link here. Key quotes:
"Everywhere I go, I want to learn something new," [Dieng] said. "Every day I get up, I want to learn something new."
"After last year's loss, Dieng asked his coaches to explain the history of the NCAA tournament. 'Now I know it's six games to get to the national championship,' he said. 'If you don't win, you go home. That's what I know. That's the most important thing. To understand if you don't win, you go home.'"
"'My dad, he don't care about basketball,' Dieng said of his father, Momar, a school principal in their home town of Kebemer. 'If you tell my dad about basketball, he just ignores you. All he cares about is how I do in school, am I making good grades, have I missed class, am I doing my homework.'"
"I'm going to get my degree one day and make it to the [NBA] one day," Dieng said.
"I don't care about rivalries," he said. "I don't want to play basketball to make enemies. I just want to have fun with people .... I've never seen a basketball game that a fan steps out on the court and helps the team. I haven't seen that yet. I think rivalries and rankings, that's for the fans. Not for me."
Love this guy.
Go Louisville. Beat Kentucky.