PITTSFIELD – Maine Central Institute has the announced the addition of Mamadou N’Diaye to its post graduate basketball roster, who subsequently verbally committed to attend the University of Maine in Orono next fall.
N’Diaye (pronounced In-jie), 19, is a 7-foot post player from Dakar, Senegal, and could become the first 7-footer to play for UMaine. N’Diaye caught the eye of UMaine assistant coach Mike LaPlante, while he was helping out at a basketball camp this past summer in Senegal.
According to Max Good, head coach at MCI, N’Diaye has the potential to become a very dominating college basketball player.
“He’s not just a big stiff player,” said Good. “He’s wiry tough and he could become a taller version of (NBA forward) Vinnie Baker.”
D’Niaye has only been playing organized basketball for two years, but Good said he has the mind set to make steady progress in a short period of time. “He’s a very, very bright kid, he was a 4.0 student in high school,” said Good.
UMaine head coach Rudy Keeling can not comment on N’Diaye until the University of Maine receives an official NCAA Letter of Intent. The signing period begins Nov. 6.