By Bill Carey
March 06, 2013

Rick Pitino expects Louisville center Gorgui Dieng to enter the NBA Draft. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images Sport) Rick Pitino expects Louisville center Gorgui Dieng to enter the NBA Draft. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images Sport)

Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will likely leave the Cardinals after his junior season to enter the NBA Draft, Louisville coach Rick Pitino told CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman.

Pitino said Dieng is "98 percent gone." The junior will take part in Louisville's Senior Day this Saturday against Notre Dame, Goodman reports.

"If he is projected as a first-rounder, he is leaving," Pitino told Goodman. "And I'm almost sure he'll be taken in the first round."

Dieng is a shot-blocking presence, and defense and rebounding could make the 6-foot-11 center valuable to an NBA team.

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