Gorgui Dieng to Work Out for Knicks, Nets
Louisville center Gorgui Dieng, who’s projected to be a late first-round pick, will work out for the Knicks and Nets before the June 27 draft, his agent, Makhtar N’Diaye, confirmed with ESPNNewYork.com.
The Knicks are looking into drafting a big man to upgrade their diminished frontcourt, and Dieng could arguably be the best center available in the late first round. The Knicks pick at No. 24. As for the Nets, who have the 22nd selection, they’re interested in a defensive-minded backup behind Brook Lopez.
The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Dieng anchored the No. 1-ranked defense in the country during his senior year at Louisville en route to the championship over Michigan. He’s a tremendous shot-blocker (2.5 per game), and has great athleticism and lateral movement covering and showing on screens. His length and agility then allow him to quickly rotate down and protect the rim. Dieng is also a tenacious rebounder (9.4 boards per game).