June 18, 2013
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AUBURN - Khady Dieng became the eighth and final member of the Auburn women's basketball team's 2013 signing class Tuesday as she signed her National Letter of Intent with the Tigers, head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy announced. She comes to Auburn from Gatewood High School in Eatonton, Ga.
"We are very excited to bring Khady on board to finish off our signing class," said Williams-Flournoy. "She is exactly what we look for in a player. She is a hard worker, tough and extremely athletic. She was a star in soccer, track & field and basketball at her high school and we are looking forward to putting those athletic skills to work for us."
Dieng, a 6-0 forward, will be a freshman with the Tigers beginning with the 2013-14 season. Originally from Dakar, Senegal, she traveled on her own to the United States when she was 16 to study and play basketball.
In her two years at Gatewood School, she helped the Gators tally a 57-2 record on the court and was named team MVP both seasons.
As a junior, she averaged 11.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game while leading Gatewood to a perfect 30-0 season and a GISA 2A state championship. She was named GISA Player of the Year while also picking up All-Region and All-State honors. She was also named the Macon Telegraph All-Middle Georgia Player of the Year.
As a senior, Dieng averaged 15.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.4 steals and 4.1 assists per game while leading her team to a 27-2 mark. The team made it to the state tournament semifinals, finishing the season ranked third in the state. For the second year in a row, she was named to the All-Region and All-State teams.
During her two years in the United States, Dieng returned home just twice. One of the trips was last summer as she led the Senegal national team to a title at the U18 Africa Championship.
Also while at Gatewood, Dieng played on the soccer, volleyball and track & field teams. Despite having never thrown the equipment before, Dieng earned a trip to the state championship in the discus and shot put, helping her team to back-to-back state championships.
Dieng is the eighth and final member of Williams-Flournoy's first signing class, joining Melinda Brimfield, Keonna Farmer, Katie Frerking, Brandy Montgomery, Kiani Parker, Allina Starr and Meagan Tucker.