Although many were quick to praise Russ Smith for his fantastic numbers on Saturday, Gorgui Dieng's play should not be overlooked. After almost 40 straight minutes of play, Dieng tallied 14 points, 14 rebounds, and six blocked shots. While his performance was spotty early, Gorgui perservered, having one of his best games of the season. His future development will be integral to the overall success of this Louisville basketball team. The season is young, yet there is one thing for certain: Dieng has proven his worth as a pivotal player for Pitino's team.
What was most telling was the dialogue that led to Dieng's discussion about the team and his future in the program. "I'm just focusing about Louisville. I'm not hurting for anything, my parents have been blessed. I love school and basketball . . . I feel lucky."
Although there may have been a number of obstacles and mishaps along the way, Gorgui Dieng's Louisville journey thus far has been an extreme blessing for all of Card Nation.