College of Charleston adds another post player in Samba Ndiaye
With the unexpected departure of freshman forward Chevez Goodwin, College of Charleston coach Earl Grant was on the lookout for a defensive minded big man.
Grant believes he found one in Samba Ndiaye, who signed with the Cougars for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
After Goodwin transferred to Wofford, the Cougars were down to Nick Harris, Jarrell Brantley and Osinachi Smart as their only post players in the program. The 6-8, 230-pound Ndiaye will give the Cougars another option in the paint.
“I liked his size and his physicality,” Grant said. “He can run the floor and protect the rim and that’s what we were looking for. We needed a post player that can play defense, rebound and get up-and-down the floor. Physically, we think he’s ready right now to step on the floor and give us a physical presence in the paint.”
A year ago, Ndiaye averaged seven points, five rebounds and two blocks a game for Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kan.
“He’s a really big kid that had can defend and rebound,” said Sunrise Christian coach Luke Barnwell. “Samba is a load defensively, you’re not going to go through him or around him when he’s protecting the rim. As a defender and rebounder he could have played at a higher level. He’s ready to compete defensively in the CAA right now.”
Barnwell said Ndiaye can finish around the basket, but will need to work on his offensive game to become a complete player at the collegiate level.
“His best basketball is still ahead of him,” Barnwell said. “He has an simple over the left shoulder jump hook, but he’ll need to develop some other post moves to be effective.”
A native of the African country of Senegal, Ndiaye speaks five different languages and has played youth basketball in Spain.
“Samba has a very high basketball IQ and he’s traveled and played in Europe,” Grant said. “He’s got a lot of international experience.”
Kymani Dunham, who signed with the Cougars last November, will no longer be with the program. Dunham was arrested in April and charged with sexual molestation in his hometown of Brunswick, Ga.
The Cougars still have a scholarship left to offer, but Grant said he’s not sure if he’ll sign an additional player before the seasons starts.
“If the right player comes along, then we’ll sign him,” Grant said. “It’s early, so we’re just not sure what will happen. We might just hold onto it and use it next season.”