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

Former Bobcat Maurice Ndour Makes Knicks Roster

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The New York Knicks announced their final roster cuts before the NBA season and former Ohio player Maurice Ndour has made the team.

Ndour played last season in Europe but spent the summer of 2015 with the Knicks.

This preseason, Ndour played in six games and averaged 4.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 15 minutes per game.

Ndour is one of six forwards on the Knicks’ roster. Because of his length and quickness, Ndour is likely to shift between playing small forward and power forward. At only 200 pounds, he is likely too light to play center a lot but could shift down in smaller lineups. Ndour will likely be the second or third big man off the bench behind starters Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah

Known for his athleticism and defensive range at Ohio, Ndour also has the ability to stretch the floor for someone his size. The 6-foot-9-inch Ndour didn’t attempt a shot from behind the arc in the preseason but did show that ability while playing in the Convo.

The last NBA player to come out af Athens was Gary Trent, who retired in 2003.

Ndour will make his return to the state of Ohio when the Knicks get their season underway on Oct. 25 when they travel to Cleveland to face the defending-champion Cavaliers on the night that the Cavs will receive their championship rings and raise the championship banner.