April 14, 2010
SEATTLE - University of Washington men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar announced that Aziz N'Diaye (pronounced AH-zeese EN-jai...like "eye") of Dakar, Senegal has signed a letter of intent and is expected to join the team for the 2010-11 season.
"We're really excited to have Aziz," said Romar. "When you play in the NCAA Tournament and continue to advance, the one thing you see more and more of is size. Aziz is a seven-footer and definitely fills a need there. At the same time, he is very athletic and can get up-and-down the court."
The seven-foot, 260-pound sophomore from the College of Southern Idaho (CSI), redshirted the 2009-10 season after tearing his ACL. N'Diaye will have three years to play three upon arriving at Washington. He joins Joe Wolfinger as the only seven-footers signed at Washington during Romar's head coaching tenure and just the 12th player to stand over seven feet tall in UW hoops history.
N'Diaye averaged 8.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 31 games as a freshman at CSI. He made 26 starts and averaged 21.4 minutes in helping his team to a 22-9 record. His career best totals were 24 points, 14 rebounds and 8 blocked shots in a game.
Prior to arriving in the United States, N'Diaye was part of the SEEDS program (Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal). He also participated in Basketball without Borders, played on the South African Junior National team and took part in the 2006 Adidas Superstar Camp.
N'Diaye attended one year of prep school at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Ill. during the 2007-08 season. He averaged 9.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and blocked 2.9 shots and teamed with fellow seven-footer Kyle Rowley, who spent two seasons at Northwestern before recently deciding to transfer.
The Huskies previously signed high school senior Desmond Simmons (Richmond, Calif./Salesian HS) to a letter of intent during the early signing period.