The Mustang Goes Maverick
Former Monroe College Student Maurice Ndour Signs With NBA’s Dallas Mavericks
July 24, 2015
New Rochelle, NY
Former Monroe College standout Maurice Ndour signed a three-year deal with the NBA”s Dallas Maverick’s franchise on Thursday, July 23. “This is the culmination of a long journey for Ndour,” says Michael Balestra, Director of Sports Information at Monroe College. “Maurice was born and raised in Senegal, played high school basketball in Japan, moved on to Monroe College for two years and completed college in Ohio. Ndour played in the NBA Summer League with the Knicks but declined a contract with them, in favor of Dallas, who reportedly offered more guaranteed money for the 200 pound 6’8’’ forward.”
“It is so gratifying to see my hard work pay off,” Ndour said. “Monroe College was an important springboard for me. It was my entrance into America and it allowed me to showcase my skills. If it wasn’t for my time in New Rochelle, I don’t know if I’d be headed to Dallas today.” While at Monroe, “Ndour was a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region selection before transferring to Ohio University where he averaged 13.8 points and 7.0 rebounds while starting 31 of his 36 games during his first season” adds Balestra.
Several teams were impressed with Ndour’s performance during the NBA Summer League season with the Knicks, most notable was his defensive play, which caught the attention of the Dallas team, observed Balestri: “While with the Knicks Summer League team, Ndour averaged 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 block, 1.0 steal and 28.3 minutes in 5 games (4 starts). He scored a team-high 23 points in New York’s victory over Philadelphia. “Maurice is an exciting young player with a great motor who has made quantum leaps in recent weeks. We look forward to him becoming a Dallas Maverick,” said Maverick Head Coach Rick Carlisle as he welcomed Ndour to the team.
“An avant guarde off the court, Ndour is an intellectual who speaks five languages, including French and Japanese. He was a member of the Senegal National Team and his gregarious personality will enable him to fit right in with Dallas’ unique collection of players,” notes Balestri.