Nov. 17, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara men's basketball player Adama Ndiaye will be sidelined a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks after suffering an open distal fracture of his left ring finger in practice on Thursday, head coach Bob Williams announced today.
The injury occurred midway through practice on Thursday when Ndiaye's finger was jammed by the ball. UCSB Head Athletic Trainer Leroy Heu immediately accompanied Ndiaye to the UCSB Student Health Center where x-rays were taken, showing the fracture in the upper portion of the finger. A pin was placed in the injured finger by Santa Barbara's Dr. David Fisher today.
Ndiaye is arguably UCSB's top returning player. As a junior, the 6-foot-9, 230-pounder from Dakar, Senegal, averaged 9.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game. In fact, over the season's final 24 games of last season, he averaged 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and he shot 53.0% from the field.
UCSB opens its regular season at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19 at Pepperdine.