If he’s given a chance to play in the country, Senegal’s ace wingman Maurice Ndour is more than willing to give it a try.
The 6-foot-9 Ndour, 24, emerged as one of the bright spots for the The Lions despite their failed bid in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, thrilling fans—both local and foreign—with his pure athleticism and defensive prowess.
Ndour registered his second straight double-double performance of 14 points and 11 rebounds but could not prevent Senegal from absorbing a 62-68 setback inflicted by European powerhouse Turkey in their do-or-die match on Thursday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
With top officials of several pro league teams doing some scouting reports, Ndour could find himself back in Manila—sooner than later.
And the current Real Madrid forward is keeping his doors open for that possibility. “Maybe someday (I’ll play here as an import). You never know,” he told FOX Sports as he made his way out of the venue.
So far, Ndour could give himself a shot of making it to the NBA.
“I still got try to work out with some teams in the NBA. Let’s see what happens,” he said.
But if and when the opportunity to play here in the Philippines arises, Ndour could seek tips from his fellow Senegalese, center Hamady Ndiaye, who suited up as an import for Kia Carnival (currently known as Mahindra Enforcer) in the pro league’s Governors Cup last year.
“He kinda gave me heads up about some things here,” he said.
“But we didn’t talk much about it. I think he enjoyed it much. The first time he walked around, people talked to him and took pictures with him. I think he loved playing here in the Philippines.”
Ndour also proved a handful in their 55-58 decision to Canada last Wednesday night, coming up with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.
With more exposure in international play, Ndour is convinced they could only get better moving forward.
“It’s a good experience. It’s always good to come and compete at the big stage and try to win it all for our country. we gave our all. Our team played good and we gave it our all and that’s all that matters,” he concluded. – By Jerome Lagunzad
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