Minnesota’s rookie big man and former Louisville Cardinal Gorgui Dieng has been given a big opportunity over the past couple months due to injuries and has taken advantage of it. Starting center Nikola Pekovic has been battling an ankle injury since January and Gorgui Dieng has filled in nicely for the Timberwolves. So nice that Dieng has been named Western Conference rookie of the month and has moved up to #5 on NBA.com’s rookie ladder. Gorgui has given the Timberwolves something they desperately needed in a shot blocking rim protector. Us Cardinal fans knew the value of Dieng and have missed him greatly guarding the paint. Dieng is a big man that can do it all. He excels at passing from the post, has a good elbow jumper, post moves that keep getting better, and is a premier defender down low. I look for Gorgui to continue his ascension up the rookie ladder.