45 Adama Ndiaye
45 Adama Ndiaye
Height: 6-9
Weight: 235
Year: Senior
Hometown: Dakar, Senegal
High School: Marine Military Academy (TX)
Position: Forward
Fickle Finger Seals Ndiaye's Fate In 2000-01
Adama Ndiaye had high expectations as he entered his senior season in 2000-01. Two exhibition games did nothing to diminish those feelings, but a couple days before UCSB's regular season opener at Pepperdine, the only feeling that Ndiaye was experiencing was pain. In practice, a bullet pass from a teammate hit the ring finger on Ndiaye's left hand just right, or wrong, and fractured it. The 6-foot-9 native of Dakar, Senegal, needed surgery to repair the fracture and that was all she wrote for his 2000-01 season.

Ndiaye's Senior Season, Take Two
You never want to see a guy fracture his finger and miss an entire season. With all due respect, when the guy was expected to be your team's most valued rebounder and defender, you want even less to see it. On the other hand, while Ndiaye's injury last year caused headaches last year, it is cause for a little happiness this year. He returns a year older, a year wiser and with a host of experienced teammates around him. Such was not the case last year. Ndiaye is a bigger and stronger than he was when he last played in a regular season game, and he should be a major factor in shoring up some of UCSB's weaknesses from a year ago, including interior defense and offensive rebounding.

Giant Steps
From the beginning of the 1998-99 season to the end of the 1999-2000 season, Adama Ndiaye traveled the basketball equivalent of about a couple thousand miles. He was a completely different player. As a sophomore, Ndiaye was a raw, albeit athletic, player with a great deal of potential. By the end of his junior campaign, he had done more than scratched the surface of that potential, finishing the season with averages of 9.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game. Over the final 20 games of the 1999-2000 season, Ndiaye was regularly playing 30 or more minutes and producing double-figures in points and/or rebounds. Clearly, he had come a long way from his first season.

Adama's Block Party II
Two seasons ago, Ndiaye led the Gauchos in blocked shots, primarily because nobody else on the team was much of a shot-blocker. In 1999-2000, he led the team in blocked shots because he had a heck of year blocking shots. Ndiaye finished the year with 48 blocked shots, the fifth highest total in UCSB history. After swatting only two shots over the season's first four contests, he produced 46 over the final 24 games and he clubbed two or more in 12 games. He had a career-high five blocks in two games (vs. Long Beach State and at Pacific) and he had four in two other games (vs. Pacific and vs. Westmont). In only two seasons, Ndiaye has blocked 73 shots, ranking him fifth on the all-time list.

Doubling Up
Ndiaye had a team-high six double-doubles in 1999-2000. He had one each against Cal Poly, Pacific, New Mexico State, St. Mary's, Westmont and Concordia. He had 14 games in which he scored in double-figures, all in the last 24 games of the season and he had seven contests in which he had ten or more rebounds. On two occasions, Ndiaye had a career-high 16 rebounds (vs. Idaho and Concordia), the highest total by a Gaucho player since December of 1996. He scored his career-high of 19 points in a road win over Cal State Fullerton.

From Tin Man To Iron Man
Okay, as a sophomore Ndiaye wasn't really a tin man. He played in 23 games, missing five due to injuries, and totaled 350 minutes, an average of 15.2 per game. As a junior, however, he showed the positive results of a strength and condiditioning program by finishing third on the team with 755 minutes played in 28 games, an average of 27.0 per game. Ndiaye played 21 or more minutes in all 28 games, he played 25 or more in 17 games and he played 30 or more in nine games. Ndiaye also started 27 of 28 games, the third highest total on the team that season.

Adama Ndiaye Notes
2001-02: Adama Ndiaye returns for another shot at his senior season...He has the upside to be one of the best big men in the Big West Conference, particularly when it comes to defense and rebounding...He is bigger and stronger than he has ever been and that should benefit the Gauchos tremendously...If he can make the same type of progress on the offensive end of the court that he made during his junior season, he could have an outstanding season...2000-01: Ndiaye fractured the ring finger on his left hand just three days prior to the regular season opener and he was forced to miss the entire season as an injury redshirt...1999-2000: Ndiaye was UCSB's fourth-leading scorer at 9.3 points per game and he led the team in rebounding at 7.5 per game and in blocked shots at 1.7 per game...He finished fifth in the Big West in rebounding overall and first in blocked shots...Ndiaye produced six double-doubles on the season...Had 16 points and 12 rebounds against Pacific, 13 points and 13 rebounds against St. Mary's, ten points and 14 rebounds at New Mexico State, ten points and ten rebounds against Cal Poly, 12 points and 16 rebounds against Concordia and 13 points and ten rebounds vs. Westmont...Scored a career-high 19 points in win at Cal State Fullerton...Scored in double-figures 14 times, including six times in the last seven games...Collected double-figures in rebounds seven times including a career-best 16 vs. Idaho and Concordia...In his 16-rebound performance against Concordia, Ndiaye had ten offensive rebounds...Had the third best field goal percentage on the team at 49.7% and over the final 24 games he made 87-of-164, 53.0%...Swatted a career-high five shots in games against Long Beach State and Pacific...Had at least one block in 21 of 28 games, two or more in 12 games, three or more in nine games and four or more four times...After struggling to play significant minutes consistently as a sophomore, Ndiaye played at least 21 minutes in all 28 contests...Averaged 27.0 minutes per game, the third highest mark on the team...Played 30 or more in nine games...1998-99: Averaged 3.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots per game...Had become one of the team's most important reserves by the end of the season...His development was slowed by a lower abdominal injury that sidelined him for five games in late-December and early-January...When he returned at Nevada in mid-January, Ndiaye had lost weight and was very rusty...Regained form late in the season and played well at the end of the campaign...Over a three game span to close the regular season home schedule, Ndiaye averaged 6.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, going for a season-high 11 boards against Cal Poly, eight against North Texas and six against Pacific...Had five rebounds or more in eight of his 23 games...Was one of the team's best interior defenders and led the way with 25 blocked shots...Had a career-high three blocked shots in games against USC and Utah State...Scored a season-high 14 points against Loyola Marymount, his only double-digit output of the season...Junior College: Ndiaye played one season at Bacone Junior College in Oklahoma...Suffered an eye injury early in the year and was hampered for much of the season...Averaged 11.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game...Emerged at the end of the season to become a force and he was ultimately named Bacone's Most Improved Player...Also averaged just over three blocked shots per game...Hit 52.0% of his field goals and 70.0% of his free throws... Had season-highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds against Connors State (Oklahoma) Junior College...Blocked seven shots in a game against Labette (Kansas) Junior College...During Ndiaye's one season at Bacone, they lost in the Division II State Finals...High School: Played one season at Marine Military Academy in Texas...Averaged 13.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game...Also averaged 5.1 blocked shots and 5.0 assists per outing...His total of 141 blocked shots set a school record...Hit 51.0% of his field goal attempts and 70.0% of his free throw attempts...Had career-highs of 20 points and 15 rebounds against Clear Creek HS...Had nine assists and nine blocked shots against Cornerstone Church Prep...Helped Marine Military to a number one ranking among Texas private schools...Personal: Adama Marie Ndiaye was born June 17, 1978 in Dakar, Senegal...Majoring in Anthropology at UCSB...He speaks four languages fluently, Ouolof (his native African language), French, English and Spanish and he reads and writes in five languages, the previous four plus Arabic...An outstanding student, Ndiaye had a 3.75 grade point average at prep school and he was a member of the National Honor Society...In his one year of junior college, he completed 60 units of work...His hobbies include soccer and movies...His favorite sports teams are the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and San Francisco 49ers...Ndiaye has a twin sister who is 5-foot-5 and goes to college in Paris...The son of Moctar Ndiaye.