There was a temptation for Coach N'Diaye to return to return to Auburn. "When your alma mater calls you and wants to talk, you listen." In the end though, Georgia Tech was where he felt most comfortable.
Mamadou talked to some people he trusts and they had good things to say about Coach Gregory and Coach (Chad) Dollar. "Coach Gregory wanted me here and I wanted to be here. Meeting him was a confirmation" The hire was made a few days after the Final Four. Coach N'Diaye indicated that coaching in the ACC and having friends in Atlanta were strong appeals to him.
Because of his background in both playing and coaching the position, Mamadou will be coaching the big men (power forwards and centers) at Tech. "That will be one of my tasks." Mamadou is looking forward to mentoring the young players to maximize their abilities. One of those players will be fellow Senegalese and recent Georgia Tech signee Abdoulaye Gueye. "He has a chance to be really really good."
Over the years, Mamadou has built relationships and contacts around the world. There will be two places where he will use those relationships to recruit. "I want to focus on both Florida and Senegal." Senegal is a small country and he knows everyone connected with basketball in his homeland. Mamadou is one of the people that the Senegalese players call for advice. "Everybody calls me."
Following his hire, Mamadou hit the ground running. He has already been on the recruiting trail and is now preparing for the first weekend of a long summer of AAU basketball. Mamadou looks to be a strong addition to Coach Brian Gregory's staff.