Louisville's Dieng overcomes hardship, rewarded for staying with dream

No one would have blamed Gorgui Dieng if he'd given up his first few months in the United States.

The Senegalese teenager was in a country where he knew no one and didn't speak the language.

But Dieng had come to America with a dream, and it wasn't so easy to let go.

Four years later, the once silent young man is fluent in his new language and attuned to a new culture. Louisville is playing in its second straight Final Four in large part because of its center, and a fat NBA paycheck is likely only a few months away.

The Cardinals play Saturday night against Wichita State for a berth in the national championship game.