In case you haven't noticed, New York SummerKnicks forward Maurice Ndour is the finest basketball talent to hit Las Vegas since Larry Johnson's UNLV squads of the early '90s. The lanky big man with the dreads and arm band-aid continued his run of quality play on Tuesday afternoon, demolishing the SummerSixers with 23 points, six rebounds and one vicious stuff of Jahlil Okafor which prompted a hearty "ha-HARRRRRR" from Clyde (1:16 mark):
Now that we've established that young Maurice is going to be starting for the Knicks for at least the next decade, perhaps it's time we get to know something about him. After all, that Hall of Fame introduction will sneak up on you quicker than you'd think!
- Maurice Ndour was born and raised in Senegal -- a.k.a. The Land of DeSagana Diop. The only active Senegalese player in the NBA at the moment is Timberwolves big man Gorgui Dieng. Dieng is a fine young player, to be sure, but it seems clear now that Maurice Ndour is 50-times better.
- Like most future All-Stars, Ndour played his high school ball at the prep powerhouse known as Japan. My sources tell me that, aside from studying and balling, he was also tutored in the art of drifting by the legendary Han (R.I.P.).
- He spent two years at Monroe Junior College (with former Summer Knick Orlando Sanchez!) and two years at Ohio University. Before Ndour, the greatest NBA player to matriculate at that particular school was Gary Trent.
- Per Basketball-Reference, Gary Trent's nickname was "Shaq of the MAC."
- Ndour stands 6'9" with an impressive 7'4" wingspan. When he piles those dreds on top, I'm sure he reaches an even 7'0".
- If you thought that outside jumper looked nice, Ndour's college stats back that up: he shot 43.5% from beyond the arc last season. I wouldn't mind seeing both he and Kristaps Porzingis launch a few treys before the end of Summer League.
- He has a cool accent:
I think it's safe to say that Maurice Ndour will be the greatest non-Latvian rookie in the Class of 2015. Or, at the very least, he'll make for an intriguing follow at Knicks training camp.