Hamady N'diaye visits Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Head Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon is looking to fill his final 2006 scholarship. He, along with his staff, is currently hosting one of the top 2006 centers in the nation: 6-foot-11 inch Hamady N'diaye from Stoneridge Preparatory School in Tarzana, CA. The PantherDigest.com spoke with his coach today.

"Hamady flew into Pittsburgh on Sunday and he is set to return on Tuesday," stated Stoneridge Preparatory School Head Basketball Coach Mike Mahoney. "He has visited Rutgers and Miami (FL). Pittsburgh will be his last visit before his final decision."

"Hamady has had 25 scholarship offers but he narrowed it down to those three school. Coach (Joe) Lombardi has done a great job with him. We have a policy at our school. You don't visit a school unless you are dead serious about attending the school. The Panthers are very much in the mix."

N'diaye was considered a raw 6-foot-10 inch, 220 pound talent a year ago. When asked about his progress on the basketball court, Coach Mahoney replied, "Hamady has developed into a very good center. He's roughly around 6-foot-11 ½ inches and about 240 pounds right now."

"Hamady is a relentless, physical center and a great shot blocker. He' s an excellent defender that alwasy seems like he has his hand on the ball. On offense he cleans up everything around the board and he's developed a great jump shot from around the free throw line."

Coach Mahoney was quick to point out that N'diaye was equally impressive off the court. "It's worth noting that Hamady is a great kid. He's a high character type kid from a well educated family. He's a solid student that won't give you any problems off the basketball court."

"I have five kids players heading to division one schools. We're going to hold a huge press conference next week. Hamady will announce his decision at that time."

Harry G. Psaros can be contaced at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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