Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 3/9/13
I’ve been putting this off as long as I possibly could. With four ½ hours until tip off, I can wait no longer. For the past few days I’ve been thinking of what exactly I would write. How exactly do you bid farewell to a young man like Gorgui Dieng? Watching Gorgui develop on and off the court over the past few years has been one of the best experiences I’ve had since covering Louisville basketball. As a lifelong fan of the Louisville Cardinals, Gorgui Dieng is easily one of my favorite players of all time. I’ll never forget my first interaction with Gorgs. It was the summer of 2010 when he first arrived on campus. I was at a local hospital and saw a very scrawny 6-foot-11 young man walking down the hall. He was accompanied by Louisville athletic trainer Fred Hina. After seeing Hina, I knew for sure that is was Gorgs. As he walked the halls of the hospital looking shy and somewhat nervous, I couldn’t help but flag him down. The fan boy in me came out that day. I was about ten feet be...
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