Former University of Ohio big man Maurice Ndour has agreed to a three-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced on Thursday. The deal is guaranteed for the first year and half of Year 2.
Ndour had a solid Summer League stint with the New York Knicks, averaging 9.6 points and nearly five rebounds in 28.3 minutes per game with New York. ESPN New York's Ian Begley reported that the Knicks did not offer as much guaranteed money as Dallas did.
Ndour scored 23 points in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Las Vegas.
The 6-foot-9 forward (with a 7-foot-4 wingspan) from Senegal spent two years at Monroe College before transferring to Ohio, where he was an All-MAC Second Team player, averaging 16 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in his senior year.
This is another big-man signing for the Mavericks that's based solely on youth and potential. Dallas signed D-League star Jarrid Famous to a three-year deal on Monday. Ndour is a guy who could play some small-ball center, but be a primary rim protector at the power forward position. He's another project that will more than likely start with the Texas Legends, but a guy with plenty of upside.