Forward from Washington State was 39th Overall Pick in 2023 NBA Draft
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Hawks have signed rookie forward Mouhamed Gueye, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Atlanta acquired the draft rights to Gueye via trade with the Boston Celtics on June 28, 2023. The trade was agreed to in principle on June 22.
Gueye (pronounced mo-HAH-med Gay) saw action in 68 games (66 starts) during his two-year career at Washington State, registering 10.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 26.9 minutes (.489 FG%, .613 FT%). He became just the ninth Cougar to be drafted inside the top 40 and Washington State’s highest NBA Draft pick since Klay Thompson in 2011 (No. 11 overall by Golden State).
The 6-11 forward appeared in 33 games (all starts) during the 2022-23 season, notching 14.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 32.1 minutes, en route to an All-Pac-12 First Team selection (.488 FG%, .674 FT%). Gueye’s 8.4 rebounds per game were the fourth-most in the Pac-12, while his 14.3 points were the ninth-best in the conference. He tallied 15 double-doubles during the 2022-23 campaign, the most in the Pac-12 and the sixth-most in a single season in Washington State history.
Named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team in 2021-22, Gueye started in 33 of Washington State’s 35 games played in the 2021-22 season, tying Klay Thompson’s program record for most starts by a true freshman. The Dakar, Senegal native recorded 33 blocks during his freshman campaign (fourth-most in program history by a freshman), 181 steals (fifth-most by a freshman), and 29 steals (10th-most by a freshman).