The seven-footer from Senegal averaged nine points and nine boards in his senior season, continuing a trend of solid statistical improvement in those key categories over the course of his three year career. However, fans were often frustrated with N’Diaye’s lack of improvement in other areas such as free throw shooting and team defense. His rebounding, dunking, and shot-blocking made him a fan favorite, but he never quite overcame his bad hands and tendency to make poor decisions on the court. Still, considering that N’Diaye transferred over from an Idaho junior college with little fanfare, I would consider his career a success. Even with his weaknesses, N’Diaye was a presence on the court and could have been a valuable piece on a more successful, cohesive team during his junior and senior seasons. He is now playing professional ball in Europe. Shawn Kemp Jr. and Perris Blackwell will need to step up as the likely starting bigmen, especially in making up for the loss of almost ten rebounds a game.
Much-maligned and ultimately disappointing compared to sky-high expectations out of high school, Gaddy came to be a symbol for the lethargic, unsuccessful teams of the past two years. In reality, Gaddy was a totally serviceable player, averaging 10 points, four rebounds, and nearly five assists in his senior year. It was his high turnover rate, poor on-ball defensive skills, and overall lack of energy or fire that earned him the ire of the fanbase. Perhaps if Rivals and Scout had assigned him a three-star rating out of high school he would have been seen as a solid but unspectacular player without all of the constant negativity. He stuck with the Bobcats for a stretch during summer league and training camp, but has since been cut. Nigel Williams-Goss is the likely successor at point guard, but that doesn’t mean he’ll seize the starting job from the very beginning of the season. Andrew Andrews may take over at the one for the time being, though in the longterm I see him playing the two or coming off of the bench.
The smoothness with which Suggs played the game was remarkable. When he was on, such as during the entire month of March late last season, he could score in isolation effortlessly. However, his lack of size, intensity, and most of all consistency kept him from putting it all together in his senior year. Despite a great start and the aforementioned red hot March, Suggs shot 42% from the field while averaging 12 points, two rebounds, and only one assist per game. With his Husky career over, it feels as though Suggs had the talent and potential to leave a greater mark on UW basketball, he just never put it together. The lost junior season probably didn’t help.