One of the lone European players to find their footing in the first game, oversized French point guard Abdoulaye N'Doye
scored 8 points while coming up with 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals in only 21 minutes.
Much improved from the last setting we evaluated him in at the U18 European Championship in Samsun, N'Doye's skill-set and feel for the game appear to be making major strides. He used both sides of the floor, showed the ability to change speeds patiently and read the help-side defense, and was constantly probing with his dribble looking to get others involved.
The clear-cut best defender here among the European prospects, N'Doye showed the ability to lock down anywhere from the 1-3 positions, completely locking down heralded NBA prospect Arnoldas Kulboka
(who stands 6'9) with suffocating ball-pressure thanks to his long arms, quick feet and chiseled frame. N'Doye measured exceptionally well at 6'5 1/2 without shoes, with a massive 7'2 wingspan that may even allow him to even defend some big men as his strong 198 pound frame fills out.
N'Doye did a nice job of introducing himself to the many NBA executives who were watching him here for the first time, and will continue to get long looks as the camp moves on. With incumbent point guard Frank Ntilikina
certain to miss the U19 World Championship in Cairo later this month, N'Doye has a major opportunity to continue to build his NBA draft stock with the French national team riding high after winning the U18 European Championship in December.
The biggest question marks surrounding N'Doye revolve around his ability to put the ball in the basket, something that is a major necessity from the guard spots in today's NBA. His perimeter jump-shot is still a major work in progress, and is likely the key to him unlocking his potential as a prospect. N'Doye mentioned to us in an interview today that he's heading to the US this summer to train in Dallas with Tyler Relph and work with the rest of his Comsport agency's highly touted group of clients, including Sekou Doumbouya