June 27, 2011
CONWAY, S.C. – Coastal Carolina men’s basketball head coach Cliff Ellis announced Monday that Mamadou N’Diaye has accepted an offer to become the newest assistant coach on his staff.
N’Diaye arrives at Coastal Carolina 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.
“I am very thankful and honored that coach Ellis has given me this opportunity to be an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina,” N’Diaye said. I am looking forward to helping this program progress as much as possible. There is already a great coaching staff in place here, which is why this team has had so much success over the past few years. I’m just very excited to get to work and help this team in any way that I can.”
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 lead 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 and ranks second all-time in school history.
“Mamadou is one of the most intelligent and hardest working players that I have ever coached,” Ellis said. “His success is due to the face that he is energetic, committed and mentally understands what needs to be in all aspects of the game. He understands our systems very well and is extremely familiar with what we want to do. He also has those intangibles that I was looking for in a coach, and I am very excited to have him on our staff.”