Ndip is a sophomore academically, but has four years of eligibility remaining and will be listed as a freshman on the roster. She joins freshman Maggie Morrison and Kady Schrann as newcomers on Vanderbilt's roster.
"It's like a second chance at something that has fulfilled me," said Ndip, who also tried to walk-on last season. "This opportunity means everything to me. Basketball has always been something that I've had to work hard for. It was my first sport and my favorite sport."
Ndip earned multiple honors in high school, including first team all-district and academic all-district honors as a senior. Ndip was also voted team MVP and selected to the Spring Branch All-Tournament Team as a senior. She academic all-district and honorable mention all-district as a junior.
After not making the squad her first year on campus, Ndip was unsure the opportunity would ever arise again.
"I was told things like if you don't make it your freshman year, then you are done, and that really took a toll on me; however, that was last year," Ndip said. "Now, I have the opportunity to play at such a high level, and I am so grateful for it. I know that things won't always be sunny, but I'm here. If I'm here, I'm here for a reason, and I'm going to make the most out of every minute I get."
For Ndip, the moment she was told she could be a part of the team was a moment that she will never forget.
"When Coach Balcomb told me that they would like me to be a part of the team, I was absolutely speechless," Ndip said. "While telling her yes, and how this is definitely something I would like to do, I was holding back tears. Things like that really never happen to me, so I was just in disbelief. Without a doubt, Coach Balcomb's announcement was the happiest moment of my entire life, and I am so thankful. Now, I thank God every night before I go to bed, and I still get chills thinking about that day."
Nadinei Ndip joins WBB team as walk-on
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