Ndiaye will become a Husky

Ndiaye will become a Husky

Rumors were flying early this afternoon that Southern Idaho C Aziz Ndiaye had committed to Washington and when Dawgman.com was finally able to reach the talented big man he finally confirmed the news...

"I committed (to Washington)," Ndiaye told Dawgman.com. "I told coach (Lorenzo) Romar that I'm coming. He was excited to have me."

Ndiaye has a heavy accent which at times can make him hard to understand, but make no mistake, when he steps on the hardwood, you know you're in for a long night.

"He's a real competitor -- he does not like to lose," Ndiaye's head coach Steve Gosar told Dawgman.com. "He's physical and really competes for you and he does what he needs to do to get the win.

"If he only needs to score two points or he needs to score 20 points, he's going to do whatever it takes to get that win."

While he's an intense competitor on the floor, Gosar said that only tells part of the story.

"He's a guy that can step on the court and make an immediate impact," Gosar said. "You really realize that he's there. As far as big men are concerned he gets between the foul lines great. As good of a player and the upside that he has, he's an even better person.

"I saw Aziz four years ago in Africa, when I was down there for a camp, and I had a chance to watch him when he was 17 years old and I've gotten to watch him develop. When I saw him that young, he was about 6'10" and he was thin, but he had this passion to get better and passion to win and it was so evident that the kid had a motor, that you wanted to work with him around the clock."

As a freshman during the 2008-2009 season, Ndiaye was the top player in his league in the 2008-2009 season, leading the conference in rebounds (246), while finishing second in blocked shots (72) and 18th in scoring (8.5). Because of that showing, the Golden Eagles hoped to go far with him leading the way. However, those plans were derailed when he blew out the ACL in his left knee.

"He just got cleared to play," Gosar said. "He's just getting back on the court and he has to play with a brace for another year. He's always been ahead of schedule and he's always been focused on his rehab and I think it's just going to be a bump in the road for him.

"We had a good year with him as a freshman, but unfortunately his playing career here was cut short. He would have changed our season for us this past year if we had had him."

"The doctors cleared me a couple of days ago," Ndaiye said. "I'm just working out and rehabbing right now.

"I'll be up there in the summer so I can work with the team and get ready for the season."

Besides Washington, Ndaiye told Dawgman.com he had offers from Oklahoma, Oregon State, two Big East schools as well as some other mid-major schools, but that the Husky basketball program was the one that fit him the best.

"I was up for the UCLA game (in February)," Ndaiye said. "It was a good atmosphere and I felt like they could use a big man like me and I could help them.

"I just want to win and got the NCAA tournament. After that, I think we can win."

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