Mamadou Ndiaye, 7-5 Center, Signs with UC Irvine

Mamadou Ndiaye signed his national letter of intent with UC Irvine Wednesday. (photo courtesy of Brethren Christian High School)
Mamadou Ndiaye signed his national letter of intent with UC Irvine Wednesday. (photo courtesy of Brethren Christian High School)

 

IRVINE, Calif. --- Mamadou Ndiaye, a 7-5 center from Brethren Christian High School in Huntington Beach, has signed a national letter of intent with UC Irvine, announced by Anteater head coach Russell Turner.

Ndiaye, a native of Senegal, averaged 24 points, 13.9 rebounds and 5 blocked shots per game as a junior last season at Brethren Christian.  He is ranked 79th in the ESPN Top 100.

"I'm excited to add a player of Mamadou's quality and character to our program," Turner said.  "He is an unbelievable story and as I have gotten to know him, I am more and more impressed with him.

"He is a tremendous fit for our campus and community with his character and commitment to academics.

"To recruit someone of his caliber is an important step in improving our program and I look forward to working with him and watching him grow and improve as a player.

"The UC Irvine community has benefitted tremendously from the Huntington Beach community and the people at Brethren Christian High School that have welcomed him to this country, and I hope to continue to represent the values that they have surrounded him with," Turner added.

Ndiaye had a top-scoring game of 43 points against Village Christian in last season's playoffs and added 14 rebounds and five blocks in that contest. 

An All-CIF selection, he had 40 points and 24 boards in a win over Crossroads.  Ndiaye, who had eight games of at least 30 points, shot 65 percent from the field last season.  He had 26 games of double-figure rebounds as the Warriors had a 24-6 overall record (10-0 in league) and reached the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 5AA playoffs.

In a statement, Ndiaye said "I chose UC Irvine because I felt very comfortable at the university and with the coaching staff.  It is an excellent school that will help me develop as a student and basketball player."

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