Georgia Tech Nets Local Center
Riverdale Baptist Coach Louis Wilson always thought highly of Bassirou Dieng and now many others are going to have a chance to see Dieng on a larger stage. After one season at Norfolk State and two at St. Francis (Pa.), the 6-9 center has transferred to Georgia Tech. As a graduate student, he will be eligible to play this season, his final year of eligibility. He averaged 10.7 points and 6.6 rebounds last season.
"He's a very smart kid and wants to get his master's degree in international affairs," Wilson said. "St. Francis did not offer that. We did some research. Georgia Tech had the program. We contacted Coach Paul Hewitt and sent him some clips. I guess Coach Hewitt did his research and watched some game films and the rest is history.
"We're pretty excited for him to have the opportunity to, one, fill his dream of getting a master's degree in international studies and, two, have the opportunity to play at the highest level of basketball in the country, playing in the ACC and for a great program like Georgia Tech."
| July 30, 2008; 2:29 PM ET
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