Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will be out 4 to 6 weeks while recovering from a broken wrist he suffered last Friday.
“With a little luck, Gorgui will be back by the start of our BIG EAST schedule,” said Louisville Coach Rick Pitino. “We will miss his defensive presence and passing ability, but it’s time for other guys to step up their performances.”
Dr. Luis Scheker of the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center in Louisville will perform surgery on Tuesday to insert a screw in Dieng’s broken scaphoid bone in his left wrist. Dieng fell while taking a charge early in the first half of the Cardinals’ 84-61 victory over No. 13 Missouri on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis. He returned to the game with his wrist taped and played a total of 24 minutes, but sat out the championship game against Duke on Saturday.
Dieng is averaging 8.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and two rebounds through five games this season. He produced his 13th career double-double against Samford with 10 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals. Dieng is a preseason All-BIG EAST selection and is among the top 50 preseason candidates for the Wooden Award and Naismith Award