Hamady N'diaye close to final decision

The University of Pittsburgh hosted blue-chip center prospect Hamady N'diaye from Stoneridge Preparatory School in Tarzana, CA over the weekend. He is considered of the top 2006 centers in the nation. The PantherDigest.com spoke with his coach and discovered that the big man is very close to a decision.

"Hamady N'Diaye had a great visit to Pittsburgh," stated Stoneridge Preparatory School Head Basketball Coach Mike Mahoney. "He loved everything about it, especially the facilities. He thought their facilities were incredible."

Hamady N'diaye has 25 scholarship offers. He has narrowed his choices to Pitt, Rutgers and Miami (FL). Scout.com ranks Hamady the 18th best center in the class of 2006. He has been a transient player moving from New Jersey to Florida to California.

"They really showed him a good time. He spent time with the coaches and players. I know they took him to a football practice and he thought that was really special."

When asked about his impressions of Head Coach Jamie Dixon. Coach Mahoney replied, "He felt very comfortable with the entire staff. Of course he liked Coach Dixon. What's not to like? He's a great guy and Hamady enjoyed the time he spent with him."

N'Diaye was expected to hold a press conference next week to announce his decision. Apparently his decision could come sooner than expected. "Hamady is going to sit down with his parents on Friday. He could have a decision at that time. I assume his decision will occur within the next day or so."

Hamady has developed into a 6-foot-11 inch, 240 pound force on both ends of the court. Pitt's starting center Aaron Gray is strongly considering an NBA bid. He had been projected as a mid-to-late round pick after averaging 13.9 points, 10.5 rebound and 1.8 assists last season. Gray led the Big East with 18 double-doubles and eventually was named to the conference's first-team and most improved player. N'Diaye would provide the Panthers with a viable big man talented enough to step into the starting lineup.

The Panthers have already added 6-foot-9 ½ inch, 230 pound center Austin Wallace from La Salle Academy in New York, NY. Wallace has improved exponentially from his junior year but he generally considered a raw prospect in need of development.

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

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