On Ndiaye: An inside-outside walk-on swingman ... provides the Red Storm depth at forward ... made the St. John's practice squad in 2011-12 but was not eligible to suit up for games ... a consistent, reliable contributor at Red Storm practices and workouts ... formerly a standout at NCAA Division II Chestnut Hill College outside of Philadelphia ... name pronounced "kah-DEEM JAI."
Steve Lavin On Ndiaye: "Khadim has vastly improved all aspects of his game from a season ago. He is a focused, hardworking individual on and off the court."
As A Sophomore In 2011-12: Was a member of the Red Storm practice squad but not eligible for game play.
At Chestnut Hill College in 2010-11: Played in 27 contests and started 18 for the NCAA Division II Griffins of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) ... averaged 21.1 minutes per game as a freshman in 2010-11 ... contributed 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per outing ... 62 of his 132 total rebounds were on the offensive end of the floor ... fired at a 51.6 percent clip from the field ... led the Griffins in scoring four times and was the top rebounder on five occasions ... posted nine games of double-digit scoring, four contests of double-figure rebounding and three double-doubles ... a two-time CACC Rookie of the Week, sharing the honor on January 18 and winning it outright on March 7 ... netted 23 points on March 4 vs. Bloomfield in the CACC semifinals game to go along with seven rebounds to earn the Rookie honor ... recorded his first double-double with 18 points and 10 caroms vs. Cheyney (Dec. 4) ... posted back-to-back double-doubles with 14 points and 10 boards vs. Bloomfield (Jan. 8) and 17 points with 11 rebounds at University of the Sciences (Jan. 11).
At Christ the King: Earned two varsity letters at nearby Christ the King High School in Middle Village, Queens ... averaged 8.0 points per game as a senior in 2009-10 ... helped the Royals to the 2010 New York State title ... coached at Christ the King by Joseph Arbitello.
Personal: Khadim Ndiaye ... born in Far Rockaway, Queens, N.Y. ... son of Christine Ndiaye ... has one sister, Khadijah (15) ... was an honor roll student, and a member of the Math Club and International Club in high school ... majoring in history.
Up Close With Khadim Ndiaye
Favorite movie/TV show: "The Dark Knight."
Favorite actor/actress: Denzel Washington.
Favorite food: Jamaican food.
Favorite place to hang out on campus/NYC area: The city.
Favorite class: History.
Favorite book: "Animal Farm" by George Orwell.
Since coming to St. John's I've learned: It's a great school.
Greatest athletic accomplishment: Competing everyday.
Hero/role model(s): My mother.
Favorite athlete/sports team: San Antonio Spurs.
I came to St. John's because: Of its great tradition.
Best thing about St. Johns: The campus.
Few people know that I: Am a history major.
Craziest thing I've ever done: Took part in an eating contest.
One word to describe me on the court: "Control."
One word to describe me off the court: "Calm."
The St. John's basketball player that will surprise you this year: Me.
After St. John's or after basketball career I'd like to: Go into law.
If I could have dinner with three people (history or today): My great grandparents.
What do you want to accomplish this season: A championship.
Favorite quote: "Hard work pays off."
If I was President for the day, I would: Change a lot.
The teammate that inspires me is: Everybody.
If I could switch places for a day with any person, I would be: Batman.
If I wasn't playing basketball I would be: A lawyer.