WVU Basketball Adds Seny Ndiaye For 2020-21 Season

Seny Ndiaye

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.

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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.

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    I like this pick up.  Waiting for TOS to start trashing another schollie given to a WV kid.  Somebody will start that dumpster fire 🔥  over there.


    Very good pick up. Although I would have preferred a PG yo do have capable guys that can play that position. Just quit turning the ball over.


    While help at the point would be nice short term, adding a big man was much more vital for the future, in my opinion. Ndiaye likely redshirts this season but that still gives him a year working in the program, Then he’ll be prepared to contribute after Osabuohien graduates and Twhiebwe likely turns pro following the 2020-21 season. Only Culver and Cottrell return at the center and power forward positions after this season, if Tshiebwe does turn pro, but now add Ndiaye, who will have a year’s experience in the program. At the point, you still have McCabe for two more years and McBride for three. As Seth Wilson is a point guard who is already committed for the class of 2021. It was more important, in my opinion, to start grooming a replacement at the 4 and 5 positions.


    Short term immediate impact would have been to land a top B1G type PG.  We saw that this was the way Huggs was leaning when he went after a number of PG’s in the transfer pool …… but didn’t land any.   WHY????   One of the reasons was that those PG’s weren’t guaranteed a starting job with McCabe and McBride already with 1 or 2 years experience and 2 or 3 years eligibility remaining in a Huggs program.  This along with adding Kedrian this year and Seth next.  Most all of the guys he lost were almost guaranteed a starting job at the programs they committed to.  Afraid of competition the reason we lost those guys?  Who knows?

    Agree or disagree with the above, but this is how it looks from a bystanders viewpoint.

    Less landing a PG the 4/5 backup position is a huge hole AFTER this year.  Yes, we could have saved that schollie and gone after a more developed, higher rated player next year.  But getting an athlete like Seny and grooming him for a year under two of the best bigs in the B12 for a year is gravy for this class.  Bird in the hand ……

    Next year we will have at least 3 and IMO prolly 4 schollies open.  Gabe and Taz are graduating.  Oscar most likely will leave for the draft.  Then we always lose one that has eligibility remaining.  IMO Huggs will land a PG, SG, 2 Bigs in that class.


    The 22/23 class will be huge 5 SR’s leaving after 21/22.

    McCabe, McNeil, Johnson, Matthews, Culver.

    This makes getting Seny and Isiah as our only current bigs left at that time up to speed more critical.


    Butlereer, definitely agree that recruiting big men will be a key the next couple of years, but that’s a position you probably have to recruit well about every year. May not hit on all of them, but best to sign two a year and hope at least one turns out to be a major impact.

    As you said, there will be a lot of experience departing after 2021-22, so WVU needs to have some players ready to take over behind that group. In particular, I would think Deuce McBride, Jalen Bridges and hopefully Isaiah Cottrell are the key pieces to the puzzle after that veteran group departs.

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