April 18, 2014
THE FLATS – Mamadou N’Diaye, who has worked the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina, is joining the Georgia Tech basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Brian Gregory announced Friday.
At Coastal Carolina, N’Diaye (pronounced Mama-Doo In-Jiye) helped Cliff Ellis, his college coach at Auburn, and the Chanticleers compile a 54-40 record, 32-18 in the Big South Conference, and two post-season bids in the last three years. At Tech, N’Diaye replaces Josh Postorino, who is pursuing other coaching opportunities.
“We are very excited about adding Mamadou to our staff,” Gregory said. “A tremendous teacher of the game who excels at player development, Mamadou has played for and coached under one of the best in the business in Cliff Ellis. He will also expand our national and international recruiting scope. He is a true professional in every sense of the word.”
The Dakar, Senegal native helped Coastal Carolina to a breakout season in 2013-14, in which the Chanticleers went 21-13, won the Big South Conference championship and earned the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid in 21 years. CCU also went 19-12 in N’Diaye’s first season there, earning a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
With N’Diaye working primarily with CCU’s post players, the Chants led the Big South Conference in rebounding margin his first two seasons (+5.7 each year) while finishing second in 2013-14 (+4.7). Coastal also led the Big South in field goal percentage defense (.402) and scoring defense (68.4 ppg) last season.
“I’m very thankful to God for this opportunity,” said N’Diaye, “and I want to thank Coach Gregory for choosing me from among a group of very qualified candidates for this position. I’m very excited to be here, and I’m ready to work and contribute in any way I can. Lastly, I want to thank Coach Ellis for being instrumental in my career as a player and in my early coaching career.”
N’Diaye, 38, came to CCU following a successful professional playing career that began in 2000 when he was selected in the first round of the 2000 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, becoming the first Senegalese player to be selected in the NBA Draft. After being traded to the Toronto Raptors, he went on to play three seasons there, including one season alongside veteran NBA All-Star Hakeem Olajuwon. N’Diaye also played for the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. He retired from playing professionally in 2010 after international stints in Greece, Lithuania, China and Israel.
The 7-foot, 255-pound N’Diaye played four seasons under Ellis at Auburn and helped the Tigers reach unprecedented heights. The starting center for the 1998-99 season, N’Diaye helped Auburn climb as high as No. 2 in the nation in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls and finished the season No. 4 in the country. Auburn won the outright SEC Championship, the SEC Western Division Championship and set the state of Alabama record for victories in a season with a 29-4 overall mark.
In his senior season of 1999-2000, Auburn was the preseason No. 1 ranked team in the nation by Sports Illustrated, spent most of the year in the Top 10, had the second-longest homecourt winning streak in the nation at 30 games and led the SEC’s Western Division for 29 straight weeks dating back to the 1998-99 season.
Individually, N’Diaye was a two-time All-SEC performer and ranks second all-time at Auburn in blocked shots (241) and eighth in rebounding (798). During his junior season, N’Diaye recorded 77 rejections to break Charles Barkley’s career blocked shots record. He tallied at least 25 blocked shots in each of his four years at Auburn and registered at least 66 in his final three seasons. N’Diaye played in 128 games during his career at Auburn, which ranks him second all-time in school history.
He returned to Auburn to complete his bachelor’s degree in International Business in June of 2011.