UCF knights add Mamadou N’Diaye to male hoops staff
UCF men’s basketball head coach Johnny Dawkins announced the addition of Mamadou N’Diaye as the Knights’ assistant coach on Monday afternoon.
“We are delighted to add Mamadou N’Diaye to our coaching team,” said Dawkins. “He brings a wealth of experience to the highest level, both as a player and as a coach. Mamadou will be an integral part of the development of our grown-ups and will help us build on the success we have had here. We can’t wait to get started with Coach N’Diaye.
N’Diaye comes to UCF after two seasons as an associate coach at the University of San Francisco, after assisting at Coastal Carolina (2011-13) and Georgia Tech (2014-16).
Former NBA player for the Toronto Raptors (2001-03), Dallas Mavericks (2003-04), Atlanta Hawks (2003-04) and Los Angeles Clippers (2004-05), N ‘ Diaye distinguished himself for four years at Auburn and enjoyed a 10-year professional career before joining the coaching ranks.
“I am grateful to God for this next opportunity,” N’Diaye said. “I am also very grateful to Coach Dawkins for the chance to help lead the young men at UCF. I know we will continue to build on the success the Knights have enjoyed under the direction of the coach. I am delighted to be starting out at UCF.
N’Diaye, from Dakar, Senegal – the hometown of former UCF star Tacko Fall – was the first Senegalese player to be selected in the NBA Draft when he was selected 26th in the standings overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2000 NBA Draft.
He began his coaching career in 2011 at Coastal Carolina joining the staff of Cliff Ellis, his varsity coach in Auburn. In three seasons at Coastal, he helped guide the Chanticleers to a 54-40 and 32-18 record in the Big South Conference, while reaching the playoffs twice, culminating with a Big West Championship and the program’s first entry to the NCAA tournament in 21 years.
N’Diaye working primarily with Coastal post players, Chants led the Big South Conference in rebounding margin in its first two seasons (+5.7 annually), while finishing second in 2013-14. (+4.7). Coastal also led the Deep South in field goal percentage defense (0.402) and scoring defense (68.4 points per game).
In 2014, N’Diaye was hired as Brian Gregory’s assistant at Georgia Tech. During his two years of training with the Yellow Jackets, N’Diaye helped starting post players Demarco Cox, Nick Jacobs and Charles Mitchell achieve their best performances as college kids, helping Tech set an academic record for the margin to rebound two consecutive years and to finish first and second, respectively, at the Atlantic Coast Conference in this category. All three players have set career highs for scoring average and field goal percentage.
N’Diaye joined Todd Golden’s team in San Francisco for the 2019-20 season and helped lead the Dons to a 22-12 record, tying the program record for most wins in a season. since his reinstatement. The USF claimed victories over Princeton, Calif., Fresno State and BYU and advanced to the West Coast Conference semifinals, before losing to Team Gonzaga. No. 2 in the country, 81-77.
In the 2020-21 season, shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, San Francisco went 11-14, but picked up victories over Virginia, fourth in the standings, and on the road against Nevada, before that cancellations and postponements do not disrupt the Donation campaign.
N’Diaye, who started playing basketball at the age of 18, won four letters at Auburn and helped the Tigers reach all-time high. The starting center for the 1998-99 season, N’Diaye helped Auburn climb to No. 2 in the country in the Associated Press and USA Today / ESPN Coaches polls and finished the season at No. 4 in the country. Auburn won the outright SEC Championship, the SEC Western Division Championship and set the Alabama state record for wins in one season with an overall score of 29-4.
In its 1999-2000 senior season, Auburn was the nation’s No. 1 ranked preseason team by Sports Illustrated, spent most of the year in the Top 10, had the second longest home winning streak at home at 30. games, leading the SEC Western Division for 29 straight weeks dating back to the 1998-99 season.
Individually, N’Diaye has been All-SEC twice and ranks second all-time at Auburn in blocked shots (241) and eighth in rebounds (798). During his junior season, N’Diaye recorded 77 rejections to break Charles Barkley’s career blocked shot record. He has managed at least 25 blocked shots in each of his four years at Auburn and recorded at least 66 in his last three seasons. N’Diaye played 128 games during his career at Auburn, which ranks second in school history.
As a freshman at Auburn, N’Diaye received the Greg Pratt Award, awarded to Auburn’s student-athlete who has excelled best in his sport and in his studies. After completing his professional career, he returned to Auburn to complete his Bachelor of International Business degree in June 2011.