The Chanticleers prevailed 76-61 to claim their first conference title since 1991.
Mamadou N'Diaye is entering his third season as assistant coach at Coastal Carolina. N'Diaye came to CCU following a successful professional playing career that began in 2000 when he was selected in the first round of the 2000 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. He went on to play the next three seasons for the Toronto Raptors, which included one season where he played alongside veteran NBA All-Star Hakeem Olajuwon.
N'Diaye, who is the first coach in Coastal Carolina history to have played in the NBA, continued his NBA career by playing for the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. He recently retired from playing professionally after international stints in both Greece and China.
N'Diaye works primarily with the post players at CCU. During the 2012-13 season, the Chants led the Big South Conference in rebounding margin (+5.7) for the second year in a row despite not having a single returner in the front court.
During the 2011-12, the Chants had a +5.7 rebounding margin and the post players shot over 53 percent from the field under his tutelage. Forward Chris Gradnigo was named second team All-Conference as well. Three Chants finished the season ranked in the Top 20 in the Big South in rebounding and in the Top 15 in blocked shots. As a team, Coastal led the league in rebounding margin and was second in blocked shots.
N'Diaye played four seasons under Ellis at Auburn and helped the Tigers reach unprecedented heights. The starting center for the 1998-99 season, N'Diaye helped Auburn climb as high as No. 2 in the nation in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls and finished the season No. 4 in the country. Auburn won the outright SEC Championship, the SEC Western Division Championship and set the state of Alabama record for victories in a season with a 29-4 overall record.
In his senior season of 1999-2000, Auburn was the preseason No. 1 ranked team in the nation by Sports Illustrated and spent most of the year in the Top 10, had the second-longest homecourt winning streak in the nation at 30 games and led the SEC's Western Division for 29 straight weeks dating back to the 1998-99 season.
Individually, N'Diaye was a two-time All-SEC performer and ranks second all-time at Auburn in blocked shots (241) and eighth in rebounding (798). During his junior season, N'Diaye recorded 77 rejections to break Charles Barkley's career blocked shots record. He tallied at least 25 blocked shots during his four years at Auburn and registered at least 66 in his final three seasons. N'Diaye played in 128 games during his career at Auburn, which ranks him second all-time in school history.