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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.  


Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:29 pm

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

The video looks like clips from a Disney movie.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:13 pm

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:24 pm

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.

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 3:04 pm

7-foot-5 high school prospect gaining attention

It's a co-ed league, I didn't even know they existed!

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.

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