Trip Report - Aziz Ndiaye

The buzz surrounding Aziz Ndiaye continues to grow as the 7-foot, 255-pound center's recruitment nears the end. Sitting out his sophomore season at the College of Southern Idaho as he recovers from a torn ACL, he has remarkably become quite the hot recruiting commodity, despite his injury status.

The Senegal native recently updated about how his rehab is progressing, as well as how his recruiting is shaping up.

"My knee is getting a lot stronger," he shared after his official visit to Washington last weekend. "I've started working out, but I'm not allowed to play five on five yet. I'm probably a month away."

Ndiaye shared his thoughts on his recent visit to the UW campus – a visit that happened to coincide with one of the most beautiful February weekends in memory.

"That was my first time in Seattle," explained Ndiaye, who also enjoyed the festivities of the energetic ESPN game day atmosphere. "I heard it was a pretty place, and it was. I like the area and the team – everyone was really fun to hang out with.

"My visit was a lot of fun. It was a big game and people were waiting for it. I enjoyed it a lot."

Standing seven feet tall, Aziz may not seem like the typical Lorenzo Romar post recruit, but he's got some unique skills that actually make him ideal for Washington's system. Ndiaye is very mobile for a big man, and is also prized for his excellent motor and tenacious defense. From that perspective, it isn't hard to understand the mutual attraction between UW and Aziz.

The 2005 MVP of the Basketball Without Borders program, Ndiaye has a relationship with UW Assistant Coach Raphael Chillious, and is now getting to know Washington's head man.

"I've known coach Romar for a little bit and he's told me they need more inside guys," explained Ndiaye, a thoughtful young man with a thick accent. "They would use me as a more typical five-man."

As for the competition for his services, Ndiaye claims a number of offers, including Washington, Oklahoma and Oregon State, and said he had already visited Kansas, Washington, Oklahoma and Oregon State." With just one official visit remaining, he hasn't identified whether or not he'll take that last visit.

As for a leader, Ndiaye remains non-committal. "I'm still trying to figure things out and find the best fit," he said. "I've got one visit left but I'm trying to figure out whether or not I'm going to take it.

"I don't really have a time frame, probably next month before the signing period."

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