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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 9, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 5:17 am
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

pretty coordinated for his size. nice touch. weak competition. interesting project though.



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:11 am
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

more like 5'5 chinese kid



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:10 am
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

Looks pretty good actually. Health will be his biggest hurdle by far. Much better touch than Bol had, and many other 7+ footers for that matter...
 



Since: Jan 31, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:02 am
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

What he's doing in this video is not basketball, it resembles picking apples more than it does basketball.  The kids get called for fouls and they can't even touch his elbow.  UNC-Ashville must be licking their chops at signing him.




Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:00 am
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

"this guy has no coordination he couldnt even outjump the 6'4 white dude in tthe opening tip off. Hes the next manute bol."

And that would be great, actually. Manute Bol earned about $6 million playing pro ball and donated most of it to charity.  He is still the all-time NBA leader in blocks per minute and is second in blocks per game. It would be great if this kid has a career that was anything similar to Bol's.  I wish him the best.



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:40 pm
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

I don't get how ANYONE can knock this kids coordination or athletic ability, for that size that is as good as it gets!! (you can find a ton of 5'10" guys on youtube doing amazing 360 dunks, it's easy for little guys to manipulate their body). He will for sure at least make the NBA, will he be good or not I have no idea. History has told is there is a point of diminishing returns with the height thing, but I will be rooting for him to overcome that barrier!



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:39 pm
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

$$$$$$$CHA....CHING$$$$$$$$
 



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:48 pm
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

The guy needs to work on his hops/skills if he wants to make it  the NBA. It was pretty funny seening that 6foot chinse kid try and guard him though lol. Best of luck to him in college!



Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:24 pm
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

Looked like a bunch of Bol to me.



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:31 pm
 

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

This is like watching a dad play with his 5 year old kids, it's not fair one bit, but it is hilarious to watch the other team try and guard him.


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