Yup, you read that title right. Hamady Ndiaye. The seven-foot Senegalese native, proud Scarlet Knight, and, according to his Wikipedia page, lifelong member of Iota Phi Delta will replace Dwight Howard at Obama’s much ballyhooed exhibition on December 12th. (He joins John Wall, Alonzo Mourning, Magic Johnson, Cheryl Miller, Patrick Ewing, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, Tina Thompson, Chris Paul, and a slew of other notables.)
Why is Ndiaye playing? That’s a great question. And one that I couldn’t possibly have an answer to. All I can say is, as the only player on either team with something serious to prove, expect Ndiaye to swat everything in his area out of bounds, dunk on Reggie’s sister three or four times, and post a certified quadruple double by intentionally throwing the ball off the backboard for his 10th defensive rebound. Looking forward to it!