#55 Hamady Ndiaye
Career Transactions: Draft rights traded by Minnesota to Washington along with the draft rights to Trevor Booker in exchange for the rights to Lazar Hayward and Nemanja Bjelica (6/24/10).
Professionally: Appeared in 11 games (two starts) for the D-League’s Dakota Wizards in 2010-11, and averaged 4.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 18.4 minutes per game…Averaged 3.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 block in 12.6 minutes per game in five games (one start) during the 2010 Vegas Summer League.
Personally: Name is pronounced (Ah-meh-dee enj-eye)…Born in Dakar, Senegal…Majored in communications at Rutgers…Is fluent in four languages: English, French, Wollof and Arabic…Started playing basketball at the age of 16 after previously competing in soccer as a goalkeeper…Hosted a “Reading Time-Out,” a Read-to-Achieve initiative of NBA Cares, with students of a local elementary school in November, 2010…Is a fixture at Wizards Basketball Camps and community events, including the annual “Family-to-Family Holiday Delivery”…With teammates and coaches, served as a celebrity waiter at Washington’s “Salute to the Stars,” a dinner to pay tribute to wounded service men and women and their caregivers in October, 2010.
2010-11: Appeared in 16 games as a rookie, and tallied a total of 14 points and seven rebounds in 80 minutes of action…Scored a season-high four points vs. OKC (3/14)…Grabbed a season-high two rebounds twice, including at TOR (3/18) in a season-high 12 minutes played…Also appeared in 11 games (two starts) for the D-League’s Dakota Wizards, and averaged 4.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 18.4 minutes per game…Missed six games due to a strained left patella tendon (4/3-4/11).