Temple is trying to add a forward to compliment lone 2015 verbal Trey Lowe while Seton Hall is looking to get their first commitment beyond the 2014 class as both programs are heavily recruiting 2016 forward Mamadou Ndiaye of Oakland Mills, Maryland.
A product of the BMore's Finest AAU program, the 6-foot-7 Ndiaye was offered by Seton Hall in late April after being watched by their staff at the Hoop Group Jam Fest in Pittsburgh. Baltimore is the epicenter of Under Armour, who are sponsoring the Hall as of this summer and Temple as of 2010. Under Armour also sponsors BMore's Finest's program, which is the obvious connection here. Furthermore, Mark Karcher, the founder and director of Ndiaye's AAU program, was a McDonald's All-American that played three seasons at Temple prior to being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2000 NBA Draft.
A source has told SouthOrangeJuice.com that both Temple and Seton Hall stand out in Mamadou Ndiaye's recruitment. In addition to the Under Armour connection, Seton Hall assistant coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton, who was officially added to the staff earlier this month, is close friends with Karcher. Morton also has a recent past in the DMV area after bringing his Abraham Lincoln (N.Y.) team down for the Under Armour I-95 Challenge in seasons past as well as coaching the National Team in the 2014 Capital Classic this spring.
Ndiaye holds offers from Kansas State, George Mason, USC, Seton Hall, Temple, George Mason, UT-Martin, and others, but his parents want him to stay relatively close on the East Coast, which may filter out some of those schools. Ndiaye visited Temple a week ago and looks to take another unofficial to the Philadelphia school along with an unofficial to Seton Hall within a week.
A versatile small/power forward, Ndiaye is incredibly athletic and excels due to his high motor on the court. He possesses a mid-range game and is actively developing his outside shot. One source described Mamadou as a "super athlete" with "unlimited ceiling" and said he can develop into a taller version of former Indiana star Victor Oladipo. Ndiaye averaged 19.6 ppg and 9.6 rpg at Oakland Mills last season.
Ndiaye is set to graduate on time in the spring with a 3.3 GPA, which would slot him into the 2015 recruiting class if desired (would likely redshirt as a freshman in college.) However, he is currently being recruited in the 2016 class by most schools, including Seton Hall, due to the greater impact he would have if a post-graduate season is explored after graduating high school. Temple, however, would prefer to take Ndiaye in the class of 2015.