February 27, 2012 - NBA Development League (D-League) - Maine Red Claws
PORTLAND, ME - The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that they have acquired Hamady N'Diaye (pronounced HAH-mah-dee EN-jai) from the Available Player Pool. A 2010 Draft selection of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the 7-0, 236 lb. center joins the Red Claws after having spent the past two seasons in the Washington Wizards organization.
N'Diaye, who had never played basketball until high school, set school records at Rutgers University for blocks in a season (145) and career (358) before being named the All Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. The Senegal native was drafted 56th overall by the Minnesota Timberwoves in 2010 before his rights were traded to the Washington Wizards. N'Diaye split the 2010-11 season between the Wizards and the Dakota Wizards, appearing 16 NBA games and 11 in the NBA Development League that season. This season, he has split the season between Washington and the Iowa Energy, appearing in 3 NBA games and 10 in the D-League.
"Hamady N'Diaye is a 7-footer who can block shots and will help with our interior defense," said Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings. "Hamady is high on the radar screen for several NBA teams, and we are thrilled to be able to add him to the Red Claws roster."
The Red Claws will return to action this Friday when they host the Springfield Armor in the first of a two-game weekend series. The 7 PM contest will be the 3rd Annual Irish Heritage Night with the Red Claws, featuring a parade of Irish flags and traditional Irish step dancing. The two longtime rivals will close out the two-game set on Sunday at 5 PM. Great seats remain for both games and may be purchased by calling (207) 210-6655, in person at the Red Claws Team Store located at 413 Congress Street in Portland or online at www.MaineRedClaws.com.
Maine Red Claws - 2011-12 marks the third season for the Maine Red Claws, the minor league affiliate of the Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats and Philadelphia 76ers. The NBA D-League team plays its home games at the Portland Expo Building. The franchise is owned and operated by Maine Basketball, LLC, which is principally owned by Bill Ryan Sr., the retired chairman of TD Bank, and Bill Ryan Jr., owner and operator of Oxford Plains Speedway. Jon Jennings, a partner in Maine Basketball, LLC and former Boston Celtics assistant coach, serves as the team's president and general manager.