NBA Draft Rumors: Mamadou Ndiaye could be the next Yao Ming

NBA Draft Rumors: Mamadou Ndiaye could be the next Yao Ming

In the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft, another “big thing” is about to come in 7-foot-6 UC Irvine junior Mamadou Ndiaye. Despite the doubts that he is still not good to play in the NBA, Ndiaye has made up his mind and said that he is not withdrawing from the rookie draft this year.

Mamadou Ndiaye submitted paperworks to enter the draft earlier in April and has informed the UC Irvine coaching staff of his decision. He said he won’t hire representation immediately, but could potentially hire an agent later in the pre-draft process.

His height can be a major factor on why an NBA team might choose him in the draft. In the 2015-16 season, Mamadou Ndiaye only averaged 12.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks, which is extremely low compared to other players with almost the same height. His statistics went down as he continued his basketball career after suffering multiple injuries.

However, if he lands on a team with a coach who has the ability to develop a big man like him, his future in the league will surely be brighter. Former Indiana coach Frank Vogel is one of the coaches whose ability to develop big man is well-known in the league. A living proof is Roy Hibbert who has reached the milestone of his career when he was with the Indiana Pacers.

According to Slam Online, Mamadou Ndiaye has worked out with the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers. Once he is selected, he will be the tallest player to be drafted since Yao Ming in 2002. In the past, Ndiaye was frequently compared to Yao Ming and Rudy Gobert, who had almost the same height and wingspan.

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