Qwhoever has a quarry has a treasure. At least that’s what Pablo Laso must think. The Vitorian coach showed that his pulse does not tremble when giving the alternative to the youngest. Even when there is a title at stake. Against Barça he showed it again by introducing Eli Ndiaye, the 17th youth squad who makes his debut under his baton as Real Madrid coach.
The 2.04-meter power forward was born in Senegal in 2004, although he already has a Spanish passport after becoming nationalized in the summer of 2020. It is one of the most exciting projects of the prolific Madrid quarry, which he arrived at when he was just 13 years old. and in which it has stood out almost since its arrival.
In fact, just a year after his arrival, in 2018 Ndiaye was already made known to the general public at the Endesa Mini-Cup, with performances that drew the attention of the scouts who gathered there. However, the best was yet to come and it happened in the most important tournament of the category: the Adidas Next Generation Tournament. That is, the junior Euroleague.
Ndiaye was named MVP of the last edition with just 17 years after accumulating in four games 66 points, 31 rebounds, 8 steals and 6 assists for a total of 112 PIR.
Numbers that have earned him the attention of Laso who has already given him the alternative as he did before with 16 other 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 and Juan Núñez.
This is how Real Madrid defines it on its website. “Power forward with a lot of mobility in his feet. He is agile, fast and with good jumping power. He likes to participate in the game in defense and attack. In addition, he is very aggressive with the ball and imposes his physical power. He has a good hand middle distance “. Characteristics of a crack that has only begun to show its head.