Gorgui Dieng selected No. 21 by Timberwolves in NBA draft

Friday June 28th, 2013

Gorgui Dieng averaged 9.8 points and 9.4 rebounds at Louisville last season.Gorgui Dieng averaged 9.8 points and 9.4 rebounds at Louisville last season. (Rich Clarkson/NCAA Photos/SI)

The Jazz selected Gorgui Dieng with No. 21 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday, but he's headed to Minnesota as part of the Trey Burke deal. Here's a look at Dieng and how he fits with the Timberwolves:

Bio: Louisville | Junior | Center

Vitals: 6-11, 230 pounds

2012-13 Statistics: 9.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.5 blocks, 1.3 steals, 53.4 percent shooting in 33 games.

Strengths: The Big East Defensive Player of the Year is known for his shot-blocking and rebounding, but he's also a solid passer out of the high post and a capable mid-range shooter. Scouts also appreciate his screen-setting ability. His defense and feel for the game give him a chance to contribute immediately as a rookie.

Weaknesses: Dieng will be 24 in January, bringing questions about his upside. While he's flashed potential as a jump shooter, he's not much of a threat in the post.

What Scouts Say: "He's smart. You can play through him. He can make a 15-foot jump shot. People compare him to Roy Hibbert, but Hibbert is bigger and was more of a scorer in college. He has to become a better free-throw shooter [65.2 percent]."

Team Fit: Shabazz Muhammad
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