Ohio University basketball player Maurice Ndour with a slam dunk
Photo Credit: Logan Riely

Former Ohio Men’s Basketball Player Signs with Knicks

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After narrowly missing out on a chance to play in the NBA this past season, Maurice Ndour is about to realize that goal. The former Bobcat has signed a two-year guaranteed deal with the New York Knicks, according to David Pick.

Ndour spent this past season playing in Europe, but was on the Knicks’ 2015 NBA Summer League team. With the Knicks, he averaged 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds.

After Summer League, Ndour was signed by the Dallas Mavericks but was waived after he suffered a leg injury before the NBA regular season.

This year, Ndour will likely back up New York’s 2015 first round pick, Kristaps Porzingis, at the power forward position, although Carmelo Anthony plays power forward at times as well.

At Ohio, Ndour made a name for himself with his defensive intensity and range, and for his ability to shoot and drive as a big man. During his two years in Athens, the 6-f00t-9 forward was named to the All Mid-American Conference Second-Team in both years and averaged 16 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in his senior year.

A native of Senegal, Ndour went to high school in Japan before coming to America to play college ball. He spent his first two years at Monroe College before transferring to Ohio.

Former Bobcat DJ Cooper is also currently trying to make his NBA dream come true as a member of the Washington Wizards’ Summer League squad.