WVU head basketball coach Bob Huggins noted that he wanted to make sure he didn’t upset team chemistry, or add a player just for the sake of adding one, in the potential use of West Virginia’s final scholarship in the 2020-21 basketball class. He has found the fit he was looking for in Seny Ndiaye, a 6-foot-10 forward who played at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep this past year.
Huggins announced the signing of Ndiaye (whose name is pronounced Cin-E N-jai) to a National Letter of Intent Thursday afternoon
A 6-foot-10, 225-pound forward, Ndiaya is originally from Dakar, Senegal. Last year, he averaged five points, six rebounds and three blocks per game at Huntington Prep playing for coach Arkell Bruce.
“Seny has impressed us with his work ethic,” Huggins said. “Coach (Erik) Martin and I saw him in Atlanta two years ago. We were really impressed with how hard he played and how hard he competed. We watched him this past year at Huntington Prep. He’s gotten better and better. We think he could have a really good career for us at West Virginia.”
He is expected to enroll at WVU for the fall semester.
A still-developing talent, Ndiaye has great wingspan and excellent timing on the defensive end. His shot-blocking ability is evident, and he runs the floor well.
With an experienced and ultra-talented frontcourt, headlined by Derek Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe, along with veteran Gabe Osabuohien, Ndiaye won’t be expected to shoulder much of the load in 2020-21. He could follow the path of Jalen Bridges, who redshirted last year and benefited from practicing against fellow forwards and wings, and is now poised to compete for playing time this season.
Ndiaye joins Isaiah Cottrell, Taj Thweatt and Kedrian Johnson as newcomers this fall. He was a teammate of Cottrell at Huntington Prep. He is eligible to enroll, join the team and begin practicing when it reassembles after the break that was recently taken to stop the sperad of COVID-19.