UC-Irvine signs 7-foot-6 center Ndiaye 

November, 14, 2012
The UC-Irvine Anteaters signed the biggest prospect that will enter college basketball next season. Senegalese center Mamadou Ndiaye (Huntington Beach, Calif./Brethren Christian) inked with Russell Turner’s team during the first day of the signing period.

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Courtesy of Art RamosAt 7-foot-6, Mamadou Ndiaye's decision to sign with UC-Irvine was a big surprise -- literally.
“Getting a seat on the team bus just got more difficult,” Turner said. Ndiaye is 7-foot-6 and weighs over 300 pounds. Turner, a former assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors, saw the intrinsic value in Ndiaye.

“I’ve watched him a lot. He’s a legit prospect,” Turner said. “A lot of the high school evaluators don’t ever see a guy like this. When you’re in the NBA, you see some talents and projected possibilities. I’m really excited for what this kid can be. He’s not there yet, but he’s overwhelmingly big. And, he can guard the rim. There’s a restricted area we’re going to call “The Mamadou” and that’s where he’s going.”