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Maurice Daly Ndour (born June 18, 1992) is a Senegalese professional basketball player for Valencia Basket of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. He played college basketball for the Ohio Bobcats and has represented the Senegalese national team, where he participated in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.[1]

Maurice Ndour
MauriceNdourDunk.jpg
Ndour with the Ohio Bobcats in 2015
Valencia Basket
PositionPower forward
LeagueLiga ACB
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1992-06-18) June 18, 1992 (age 27)
Thiès, Senegal
NationalitySenegalese
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolOkayama Gakugeikan
(Okayama, Japan)
College
NBA draft2015 / Undrafted
Playing career2015–present
Career history
2015–2016Real Madrid
2016–2017New York Knicks
2016–2017Westchester Knicks
2017–2019UNICS
2019–presentValencia
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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Early lifeEdit

Ndour, a Senegalese native, was born in Sindia and raised in M'Bour where he played soccer and basketball as a youth. During his teenage years, he was noticed playing in a local basketball tournament and was asked if he'd like to play high school basketball in Japan. For his sophomore, junior and senior years, Ndour attended Okayama Gakugeikan High School where he was an all-Okayama MVP honoree and all-star selection in 2009 and 2010.[2][3]

College careerEdit

After graduating from Okayama Gakugeikan in 2011, Ndour moved to the United States where he enrolled at Monroe College and played two seasons for the Mustangs. He was a two-time NJCAA All-Region selection and finished his two-year career at Monroe with 848 points, placing him eighth on the all-time Mustang scoring list. He averaged 9.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game as a freshman in 2011–12, and 16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game as a sophomore in 2012–13.[3]

In 2013, Ndour transferred to Ohio University where he spent his final two college seasons playing for the Bobcats. As a junior in 2013–14, he averaged 13.8 points and 7.0 rebounds in 36 games, and earned second-team All-Mid-American Conference and NABC All-District 14 second team honors.[3] As a senior in 2014–15, he again earned second-team All-MAC honors after averaging 16.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Dallas Mavericks (2015)Edit

After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft, Ndour joined the New York Knicks for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[5] On July 23, 2015, Ndour signed with the Dallas Mavericks.[6] He appeared in the team's first four preseason games but missed the final three games of the preseason schedule with a left tibial stress reaction. He was subsequently waived by the Mavericks on October 26 prior to the start of the regular season.[7]

Real Madrid (2015–2016)Edit

On December 5, 2015, Ndour signed a one-year deal with Real Madrid.[8][9] In 12 league games for the club, he averaged 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He also appeared in six EuroLeague games, averaging 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.

New York Knicks (2016–2017)Edit

On July 14, 2016, Ndour signed with the New York Knicks.[10] He made his debut for the Knicks on November 1, 2016, recording three points, two rebounds and one steal off the bench in a 102–89 loss to the Detroit Pistons.[11] On April 4, 2017, in his first career start, Ndour had 13 points and 12 rebounds in a 100–91 win over the Chicago Bulls.[12] Three days later, he scored a career-high 15 points in a 101–88 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.[13] During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League.[14] On June 30, 2017, he was waived by the Knicks.[15][16]

UNICS (2017–2019)Edit

On November 29, 2017, Ndour signed with Russian club UNICS for the rest of the 2017–18 season.[17] On August 6, 2018, Ndour re-signed with Russian club UNICS for one season with an option for 2019–20 season.[18]

Valencia BasketEdit

On July 16, 2019, Ndour signed a one-year deal with Spanish club Valencia Basket.[19]

NBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 New York 32 4 10.6 .453 .143 .731 2.0 .3 .5 .3 3.1
Career 32 4 10.6 .453 .143 .731 2.0 .3 .5 .3 3.1

Personal lifeEdit

Ndour is the son of Anne Marie Dione and Robert Diegane Ndour. He has a brother, Bruno, step brother, Marcelin, and step sister, Madeleine. Ndour is fluent in five languages, including English, French, Japanese, Wolof and Serer.[2][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Maurice NDOUR". FIBA.com. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Alexander, Elton (November 7, 2013). "Ohio University basketball player Maurice N'dour is not a typical transfer". Cleveland.com. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "Maurice Ndour Bio". OhioBobcats.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "#5 Maurice Ndour". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "Knicks Summer League Roster Announced". NBA.com. July 6, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  6. ^ "Mavs sign Maurice Ndour". Mavs.com. July 23, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  7. ^ Charania, Shams (October 26, 2015). "Sources: Mavericks waive Maurice Ndour to finalize roster". Yahoo.com. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  8. ^ "Official Announcement: Maurice Ndour". RealMadrid.com. December 5, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  9. ^ "Maurice Ndour: new Real Madrid player". RealMadrid.com. December 5, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  10. ^ "Knicks Sign Maurice Ndour". NBA.com. July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  11. ^ "Knicks vs. Pistons – Box Score". ESPN.com. November 1, 2016. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  12. ^ "Anthony helps Knicks beat Bulls 100-91". ESPN.com. April 4, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  13. ^ "Conley scores 31, Grizzlies beat Knicks to clinch seventh". ESPN.com. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  14. ^ "2016-17 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
  15. ^ Ogden, Maxwell (June 30, 2017). "New York Knicks waive versatile forward Maurice Ndour". DailyKnicks.com. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  16. ^ Bondy, Stefan (June 30, 2017). "Maurice Ndour waived as Knicks continue to move on from Phil Jackson era". NYDailyNews.com. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  17. ^ "Unics adds athletic forward Ndour". Eurocupbasketball.com. November 29, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  18. ^ "UNICS, Ndour agree to new deal". EuroCupBasketball.com. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  19. ^ "Valencia tabs athletic forward Ndour". EuroLeague.net. 16 July 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2019.

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