Commitment Impact: Aziz N'diaye

Let me start off by saying, I've never seen Aziz N'Diaye play – few have, unless you've found yourself in Twin Falls, Idaho with a few hours to kill. This is a part of the world where rodeo is considered a scholarship sport. N'diaye tore his ACL before the start of the 2009-2010 season, yet somehow emerged as the most coveted junior college center in the country.

His four-year college suitors included UW, Kansas, Duke and Oklahoma, among others.

A member of the SEEDS (Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal), Aziz was named MVP of the Basketball without Borders Camp in 2004-05 and played on the South African Junior National team that same year. In 2006-07, he played in the Senegalese Championship, earning best young player honors.

N'diaye adds a dramatic new element to Washington next season. He'll arrive a sophomore with three years to play three after redshirting last season, and the dimensions are impressive. N'diaye casts an imposing figure, standing nearly 7-foot-1 and weighing in at a svelte 250 pounds. He is reputed to be a defensive juggernaut. Two years ago at the Nike World Championship, N'daiye matched up against one-and-done Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins. He was dominating at times, nabbing 18 rebounds (including nine on the offensive end) and blocking two shots, while limiting Cousins to just five boards on the day.

Yes, Husky fans. This kid is for real.

The scouting report on N'diaye reads like this: He's a physically dominating defensive presence and a tenacious rebounder who takes great pride in his defensive abilities. He's also not renowned for his overall effort, which seems to be a common theme among Lorenzo Romar's recruits. Offensively, he lacks refinement but there's an awful lot to like. He's surprisingly mobile. Those worried about the second coming of Joe Wolfinger can put those concerns to rest. He possesses a solid right-handed baby hook and attacks the offensive glass for put-backs and dunks, but otherwise he's fairly raw.

Lack of offensive polish aside, it isn't hard to see where N'diaye fits in Washington's system. A mobile, 7-foot shot-blocker who's also a beast on the boards? Forget the offensive end altogether – this is a player tailor-made for Lorenzo Romar despite the fact that Romar arguably has never had a player quite like N'diaye ever at UW. Wolfinger is the only other player during Romar's tenure that rises above seven feet, and he's nothing like N'diaye.

N'diaye potentially solidifies a gaping hole in the front court. For the first time in several years, Washington will actually have quality depth in the post between Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Tyreese Breshers and N'diaye, as well as Darnell Gant and Justin Holiday, who have made a living going up against bigger post-type talent. And there there is 6-foot-8 frosh Desmond Simmons, who is used to holding his own inside the paint.

The Huskies face a daunting non-conference schedule next season. The Maui Classic features likely preseason No. 1 Michigan State, plus Connecticut, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Virginia - teams with big, talented front lines. Also on the non-conference docket are rematches against Texas A&M and Texas Tech, as well as a dangerous Nevada squad. But now Washington has the front court to match and a roster that could evolve into one of the most athletic, shot-blocking rotations in the country.

Make no mistake Husky fans. While Aziz N'diaye may lack the razzle-dazzle and national recognition of some of the more prominent uncommitted recruits, he's got the ability to make an immediate mark on Washington's hoops program.

And when it comes to the College of Southern Idaho, there's even better news around the bend. Kevin Davis, a 6-foot-8 forward/center from Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, just enrolled at CSI with the hopes he can earn his associates degree in time to enroll at Washington for the 2011-2012 season with four years to play three. He averaged over 21 points, 15 rebounds and nearly seven blocks per game in a fifth year granted by the WIAA. Davis, who is a father to two-year old daughter Kaylanie, wants to return to Seattle as soon as possible because of his family responsibilities.

Davis has already told the Twin Falls (ID) Times-News that his plan is to try to enroll at UW in an attempt to join the Huskies in the fall of 2011 after playing one season at CSI. Steve Gosar, head coach for CSI, has compared Davis to former ASU star Jeff Pendergraph.

So Davis should be available to immediately fill the void left by the graduation of Bryan-Amaning in 2011. Top Stories