The Next Mamadou?

Talented 6-10 transfer Abdoulaye Gueye talks about getting an offer from the Auburn Tigers following his camp performance.

Birmingham, Ala.—While many prospects are already a known commodity when they hit the summer camp circuit, for 6-10 Abdoulaye Gueye he had to earn attention with his performance at the recent Tony Barbee Camp at Auburn.

Showing the ability to put the ball on the floor and also capable of knocking down shots from the perimeter, Gueye did enough to get good news from the Auburn coaches when the day was done.

"It was my first camp since coming to play in the United States," says Gueye, who is from Senegal. "Auburn is a nice school. I know one guy from Auburn and that's Mamadou (N'Diaye). I think he got drafted from the school. I talked to the head coach (Tony Barbee) and he said they are going to offer me a scholarship. I'm just going to think about it now. It's the first time somebody has given me a scholarship and I'm so excited."

While N'Diaye was a limited offensive player who relied on his defense early in his career, Gueye is much more developed offensively and could be a serious scoring threat once his game matures on the next level.

An upcoming senior this season at Central Park Christian, Gueye says he's excited about playing basketball in America and is looking forward to his experience in Birmingham. He says he has to credit N'diaye for making it possible for him to continue his basketball career.

"It has been really great," Gueye says. "I played in a camp and he saw me. He said that I had some skills. He said he had never seen a big man do some of the moves I have. He said some big men can't dribble and some big men can't shoot. I told him thanks, but he said he wanted to try to get me to the United States. He said that would improve my basketball skills. That was a very fortunate opportunity for me."

While Auburn is his only offer at the moment, that is expected to change once teams get an opportunity to see him in action at Central Park. In addition to the Tigers, Gueye is also hearing from Mississippi State, Tennessee, Memphis, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kansas, and UAB. Planning to take his time with the recruiting process as it moves forward, Gueye says he feels like other offers are just on the horizon.


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