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7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:57 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 2:24 pm
 

By Jeff Borzello

It’s hard enough for 7-foot-5 high school basketball players to become fluid enough to become legitimate factors on a consistent basis during games.

It’s even harder when said player has only been living in the United States for two years and recently had a tumor removed from his pituitary gland.

Those are the circumstances for Mamadou Ndiaye, a mammoth 2013 prospect from Brethren Christian (Calif.). He came over from Senegal two years ago, enrolling at Stoneridge Prep (Calif.) and obtaining a student visa. When that school couldn’t afford his aforementioned surgery, enough money was raised through charitable donations to cover two operations. A couple near Brethren Christian – more than 80 miles from Stoneridge – became Ndiaye’s legal guardians.

Most players Ndiaye’s size are awkward and can’t move well on the basketball court, but as the video below demonstrates, he has some skills. Aside from not winning the opening tip (no clue how someone 7-foot-5 doesn’t win a jump ball), he is able to drop-step and finish, and knows how to get position inside against smaller players. His touch from the free-throw line also was decent, and he clearly has pretty good hands.

Expect to hear plenty more about Ndiaye in the coming months. 

UPDATE: Talked to a few people about Ndiaye. The competition he faces in Brethren's league is poor, and includes some co-ed teams. He's not likely to go to a different school, though, as his host family has kids that go to Brethren and Ndiaye seems loyal to them. In terms of recruiting, he has been on Santa Clara's campus, but it's still quiet for now. That will change soon.  

Comments

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:22 pm
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

If this kid is 7'5" in high school, he has a serious thyroid proble and has no long term future in the sport. The skeleton isn't meant to support that size. He be down with foot and leg problems in the next 4 years.



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 1:16 pm
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

This boy is still growing and could get up to say maybe 7 foot 11 before he is done. Heard he is showing interest in going to Cleveland State.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:04 pm
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

"I'm calling Bol Shiz on this kid making it to the NBA" If Manute Bol could play in the NBA for 10 years, why not this kid? He is only a junior and will only get bigger and stronger now that his hypothalamus condition has been corrected via surgery. After watching video, he is tremendously awkward but he has some skills. Let him go to college for 4 years and then call "Bol Shiz" on him. It is not often we see this kind of height from a HS player. It is funny that in the video, I saw how big he was but then I realized he was playing against a school who had a starting 5 that was Asian! Lol! Best of luck to the kid...long-shot for NBA but again, you never know.



Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:09 pm
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

I'm calling Bol Shiz on this kid making it to the NBA.



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:47 am
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

He's already got better offensive moves than Dwight Howard and probably shoots better from the FT line.



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:04 am
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

I like how that woman is screaming everytime he gets a good dunk like its such a surprise, and special play that he is dunking over these 5 foot kids lol.



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:01 am
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

real question is... does he like BJ's from old toothless women? if so everyone can forget about recruiting he is going to the CUSE!



Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:59 am
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

There is a lot to work with as far as coordination and skills. It will be interesting to see how this kid develops in the next year sky is the limit.Wink



Since: Jun 29, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:25 am
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

Once he stop wearing track shoes and discover what basketball shoes are, then he will be unstoppable.




Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:10 am
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

I watched the video - it's not even fair.  I hope Ndiaye make the most of his god given height.  These giant kids are hard not to notice, but it would be a stretch to say this kid is even a project.   


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