Mavs Sign Ndour; Aminu-Like Prospect?
In the search for more athleticism down low, the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday signed 6-9, 200-pound Maurice Ndour to a three-year contract (noted by Ian Begley to include a first-year guarantee and a half-year guarantee in Year 2) that puts him in play to what sources tell DB.com can be an Aminu-like project.
Ndour (pronounced "nDOOR'') is a native of Senegal who played his college hoops at Monroe College and then transferred to Ohio University, where he averaged 16 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as a senior. The 23-year-old most recently played for the New York Knicks summer-league squad, where he garnered attention having averaged 9.6 points, 4.8 boards, and one block per game.
As seen in the video below, Ndour has some interesting tools that the Mavs are excited about developing.
Ndour looks to have some ability to shoot from three, as well as bang around on the blocks. He also possesses a 7-6 wingspan, which in theory gives him the ability to guard multiple positions on the floor.
Will Ndour be spending time alongside other prospects such as Jarrid Famous and Satnam Singh, especially considering the Mavs concede its going to take time to mold his game? The Mavs tell us that while he's a "developmental'' project, he's more than just a "cap body.'' So as with Famous (and not in a way that mirrors Singh at all), this might be a real NBA player here.
While he is admittedly a young and extremely raw prospect, the Mavs hope that with patience, and given the right tutelage, that he has the potential to become a legit NBA player. For the moment, we'll have to take some solace in the knowledge that Knicks watchers are lamenting his loss.