So there is good news and there is bad news. Let’s get the bad news out of the way. A press conference advisory email that was sent out from UofL on Tuesday says that Gorgui Dieng will in fact participate in the Senior Day ceremony on Saturday.
Rick Pitino said on Monday night in his post game press conference that he has been encouraging Gorgui to participate in Senior Day because he will be putting his name in the NBA Draft following his junior season. Pitino also said that Dieng will not sign with an agent and will return if he’s not being projected as a first round pick.
So, here is the good news. Among the three players were listed as being a part of the Senior Day ceremony, center Stephan Van Treese was not one of them. SVT is listed as a senior on the roster and is in his fourth year with the school, but missed all but two games last season. Before the season started, Pitino stated that this would likely be Van Treese’s last year with the program.
Because he appeared in just two games for Louisville in 2011-12, Van Treese qualifies for a medical redshirt. Per the NCAA, a medical redshirt may be granted an athlete who appears in fewer than 30% of his or her team’s competitions (with none coming after the midway point of the season).
If Gorgui Dieng does end up going pro, having a guy like Van Treese back in 2013-14 would be huge for Louisville.