Jan. 24, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara forward Adama Ndiaye, expected to be one of the top frontcourt players in the Big West Conference during the 2000-01 season, will redshirt, head coach Bob Williams announced today.
On November 16, three days before UCSB's season-opening game at Pepperdine, Ndiaye fractured the ring finger on his left hand. The next day he had a pin placed in the finger and was originally expected to miss four-to-six weeks. The healing process, however, did not progress as quickly as hoped and thus the decision to redshirt him was made.
"The decision to redshirt Adama was a difficult one to make," commented Williams. "When we lost him it was a very tough blow because he is such an important part of our team, both offensively and defensively. At this point however, we believe that it is in everyone's best interest to redshirt him and allow him to play a full senior season next year. While Adama hates to be on the sidelines, he is comfortable and pleased with the decision."
As a junior, the 6-foot-9, 235-pound Ndiaye averaged 9.3 points and team-leading 7.5 rebounds per game. He also paced the team with 48 blocked shots in 28 games. In fact, over the final ten games of the 1999-2000 season, the native of Dakar, Senegal averaged 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game while shooting 55.0% from the field.
Next season, Ndiaye will rejoin a team that is expected to return all five starters and seven of its top eight players.