Rick Pitino doesn't expect Gorgui Dieng back next season.
Louisville's head coach said that his 6-foot-11 junior big man is "98 percent gone" and will participate in Senior Day festivities on Saturday when the Cardinals close out their home slate against Notre Dame.
"If he is projected as a first-rounder, he is leaving," Pitino said. "And I'm almost sure he'll be taken in the first round."
Pitino also made it clear that Dieng will not immediately hire an agent, which enables him to retain his college eligibility if he decides to return to school for his senior campaign.
Dieng is a native of Senegal who has made significant progress since arriving at Louisville. He averaged 5.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks as a freshman. Despite a broken wrist suffered last November, he is averaging nearly a double-double this season (9.9 points, 10 boards). Dieng has scored in double figures in six of the past seven games -- including a season-high 23 against Seton Hall on Feb. 23 -- but his defense and shot-blocking make him a potential first-round pick.
Senior Peyton Siva also will go through the festivities for the Cards (25-5, 13-4 Big East), who remain in contention for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.