June 30, 2014
2014 FIBA World Cup Site
ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio University men’s basketball rising senior Maurice Ndour has been selected to play for the Senegal National Team during the 2014 FIBA World Cup this summer in Spain.
Ndour – a 6-foot-9-inch forward – will suit up for his native Senegal during the prestigious event, held just once every four years. The tournament features 24 teams from across the globe, broken into four pools of six squads.
“For me, this is just a blessing,” Ndour said. “I can remember being young and playing basketball in Senegal. All the guys would tell me, ‘Keep playing hard, we hope to see you on the national team some day.’ When I first got the call, it was just overwhelming because I was so happy. I’m so proud and excited to represent my country.”
Senegal will participate in Group B and kick off the event with a matchup against Greece on August 30 in Seville. Ndour’s squad also will face off against Puerto Rico (August 31), Croatia (September 1), Argentina (3) and the Philippines (August 4).
The Argentinian squad features four-time NBA champion Manu Ginobili, while the Puerto Rican team features Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jose Barea and former NBA talents Carlos Arroyo and Renaldo Balkman. The Croatian team includes Bojan Bogdanovic, who was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft.
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“This experience is going to help me a lot,” Ndour said. “Basketball is all about the level of competition. It’s about the experience you gain playing against guys that are better than you and have been there already. I’m going to learn a lot from this tournament.”
Ndour recently put the finishing touches on an outstanding first season with the Bobcats. The Mbour, Senegal, native was named Second Team All-MAC and Second Team NABC All-District after ranking 11th in the MAC in scoring (13.8 ppg), seventh in rebounding (7.0 rpg), ninth in field goal percentage (.511) and sixth in blocks (1.5/game).
Ndour led the ‘Cats with four double-doubles and six double-figure rebounding games and scored in double figures in 25-of-37 contests. A three-time MAC East Player of the Week selection, Ndour posted at least 20 points in nine games, including a career-best 28 point effort in a win over Toledo on Feb. 1.
He is the first Bobcats to average at least 13.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game since Brandon Hunter accomplished the feat in 2002-03.
Arguably the most-well traveled student-athlete in the history of Ohio basketball, Ndour speaks five languages, including English, French, Japanese and two African languages (Wolof, Serer). After growing up in Senegal, completing his high school studies in Japan and playing his college basketball in New York City and Athens, Ndour is looking forward to adding Spain to his global basketball checklist as well this summer.
“I’ve always dreamed about visiting Spain and seeing Europe for the first time,” Ndour said. “I’m excited to learn another culture and maybe pick up a little bit of Spanish, too.”