7-foot-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye declares for NBA draft

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UC Irvine junior Mamadou Ndiaye could soon become the tallest player in the NBA, telling The Vertical on Thursday that he has declared for the 2016 NBA draft.

Mamadou Ndiaye (right) Ndiaye averaged 12.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks this season. (AP)
Mamadou Ndiaye (right) Ndiaye averaged 12.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks this season. (AP)

Ndiaye, 22, is 7-foot-6 and a native of Senegal.

Ndiaye submitted paperwork to enter the draft on Thursday and has informed the UC Irvine coaching staff of his decision. He said he won't hire representation immediately, but could potentially hire an agent later in the predraft process.

Ndiaye and 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall of UCF are the tallest players in the nation.

A shot-blocking, inside presence, Ndiaye averaged 12.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 37 games this season. Ndiaye is ranked as the No. 30 junior in the country, according to The Vertical's draft insider Jonathan Givony.

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