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Georgia Tech Basketball Notes: New commit, new coach to the Flats

abdoulaye-gueyejpeg-5cbe7656b444c80aThings are already starting to rev up during the Georgia Tech basketball offseason, with two new additions to the Flats in the form of a National Letter of Intent from Abdoulaye Gueye, and a new assistant coaching hire in Mamadou N’Diaye.

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Gueye (full name pronounced Ab-DOO-lay Gay, thanks GTAA)  is a 6-10 forward who attends Central Park Christian School in Birmingham, Ala. He’s originally from Dakar, Senegal and enrolled at Central Park in October 2012 as part of the school’s foreign exchange program.

“We’re excited about adding A.D. to our program,” head coach Brian Gregory told RamblinWreck.com. “He has good size, great length, a skill level that allows him to play inside and out, and he’s only going to get better. What I like most about him is his competitiveness and the energy level he plays with on a consistent basis. This will be a key factor in his development during his college career.”

At 6-foot-10, and a wingspan that is even four inches longer than that, Gueye has built a reputation as a shot-blocker and a forward who plays exceptional defense. Scouts love his ability to get downcourt quickly, and for a big rangy guy, he’s got great ball handling skills.

He’s not going to be the center with size that Daniel Miller was, Gueye’s brand of defense fits exactly into Brian Gregory’s philosophy. A 3-star recruit, Gueye will be joining the Yellow Jackets next fall.

COACHING ADDITION SHOULD EXCITE FANS

9937861It’s not often that an assistant coach hire can fire up a team and a fan base, but the addition of former Auburn standout Mamadou N’Diaye should do just that for Georgia Tech.

N’Diaye (pronounced Mama-Doo In-Jiye, thanks again GTAA) has worked the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina where he helped lead the Chanticleers to a 54-40 record, going 32-18 in the Big South Conference over that span.

N’Diaye will be replacing coach Josh Postorino, who is pursuing other coaching opportunities, per a statement from the school.

We are very excited about adding Mamadou to our staff,” Gregory said. “A tremendous teacher of the game who excels at player development, Mamadou has played for and coached under one of the best in the business in Cliff Ellis. He will also expand our national and international recruiting scope. He is a true professional in every sense of the word.”

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