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Eli Ndiaye, the new youth squad who knocks on Laso’s door

Eli Ndiaye, the new youth squad who knocks on Laso’s door

Real Madrid has one of the most productive quarries in Spanish basketball in recent years. The examples are there. Luka Doncic, Usman Garuba, Willy Hernangómez, Juan Núñez … an almost eternal list to which one more name was added this Sunday: Eli ndiaye. The Senegalese power forward of 2.04 meters, nationalized Spanish in the summer of 2020, became the final of the Endesa Super Cup against Barça in the 17th young man who makes his debut under the command of Pablo Laso with 17 years, 2 months and 17 days. He played 1:27. He didn’t score any of the two shots he tried and grabbed a rebound.

Born in Guediawaye in 2004, landed in Madrid with only 13 years in the children’s category. And, step by step, he deployed all his abilities and skills to dominate all the tournaments that lay ahead. He stood out in the 2018 Mini Cup and two years later, in 2020, before the pandemic, it was unleashed at the Adidas Next Generation in Munich, qualifying for the great final tournament that was not played due to the coronavirus: was included in the best quintet after accumulating 66 points, 31 rebounds, 8 steals and 6 assists in the four games played and two years younger than most of the participants.

Junior Euroleague MVP

He also stood out in 2019. Witness to this were those who saw the final of the Spanish club cadet championship, a match in which the power forward was not well in the shot (3 of 14) but had a spectacular performance: 10 points, 17 rebounds, two blocks and seven fouls received for a PIR of 21. These numbers, added to those of the rest of the tournament and the sensations transmitted during his minutes on the court, served the Senegalese to win a well-deserved MVP.

His last chapter, and the most outstanding one, was in the final phase of the Adidas Next Generation in Valencia this year. The third white crown in the junior Euroleague had his stamp, with the MVP award for his resume with 19 points and 13.3 rebounds for an average PIR of 30.5. He did not fall below 10 goals in any of the four games and reached 45 in valuation! against Asvel Villeurbanne for his 30 points and 15 sacks. Almost nothing for the new white jewel who already knows what it is to win a title with the majors.

Laso’s 17 youth players

Dani Díez, Alberto Martín, Willy Hernangómez, Jonathan Barreiro, Luka Doncic, Santiago Yusta, Dino Radoncic, Samba Ndiaye, Dani de la Rúa, Melwin Pantzar, Mario Nakic, Usman Garuba, Boris Tisma, Matteo Spagnolo, Juan Núñez and Eli Ndiaye.

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