Who is Hamady N’Diaye, the Sacramento Kings’ latest training camp invite?
Free agent center Hamady Ndiaye has agreed to a non-guaranteed camp deal with the Sacramento Kings, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 20, 2012
Training camp is less than two weeks away and the Sacramento Kings are rounding out their roster. On Wednesday, we shared that former Alabama Crimson Tide forward Tony Mitchell has accepted an invite to Colorado Springs. And yesterday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that free agent center Hamady N’Diaye has not only agreed to an unguaranteed deal, but could have a legitimate shot at making the Kings’ roster.
So, who is this 25-year-old big man that reportedly has a chance to make it to opening night?
- Position: Center
- Height: 7-0
- Weight: 235 lbs.
- College: Rutgers
1. N’Diaye was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves for the Washington Wizards in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft. Just like former King Hassan Whiteside, the center found himself glued to the bench in his first two seasons in the league. N’Diaye has played a total of 83 minutes over the course of 19 games in his NBA career thus far.
2. During his time in Washington, N’Diaye spent time with the Wizards D-League affiliates – the Dakota Wizards (2010-11) and the Iowa Energy (2011-12). N’Diaye was waived by the Wizards in February, which led him back to the D-League with the Maine Red Claws. Following the conclusion of the season, N’Diaye played in the NBL, a semi-pro league in China. This offseason, he played for the Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Bobcats’ summer league teams in Orlando and Las Vegas, respectively.
3. N’Diaye is a defensive-minded center. According to a scouting report last year by Joe Treultein of Draft Express, the big man is physical, vocal and a good communicator on defense. On offense, he’s considered a work in progress. However, he told Truth About It.net’s Kyle Weidie that he worked on his abilities with the ball while playing overseas.
4. In 2004, N’Diaye came to the United States from Senegal and started his basketball career in New Jersey. A year later, he moved to Florida to play for the coach and recruiter who brought him from Africa. However, N’Diaye and fellow African players found themselves living in an unstable environment while attending a school that faced bankruptcy. Fortunately, there was a happy ending.
5. By all accounts, N’Diaye seems to be a character guy and a positive influence in the locker room. His teammates in Washington called him “H”.
Below is video of an interview Weidie conducted with N’Diaye at summer league.