|No. 10 – Free Agent|
|Species||White-tailed Mongoose ( Herpestidae )|
November 6, 1994|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
Upstate Lakes College (Watertown, New York)|
University of Eastern Ontario
|FBA draft||2018 / Undrafted|
|2018-Dec. 2019||Albany Alphas|
|Dec. 2019-2020||Seattle Summit|
|2021 Salary||$2 million|
|(IC) Agent||Patrick Coyote|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
A tireless worker and student of basketball, Abdoulaye “Aye” Mandiang has dealt with a number of hardships throughout his life and athletic career. Through his twin devotions to family and sports, he’s been able to shape himself into a bona fide FBA prospect all the same.
An only child, Abdoulaye was born in Thiès, Senegal, to Joseph, a politician, and Aida, a local teacher. When Abdoulaye was five, his father was appointed to Senegal’s ambassadorship to Canada, and the family moved to Ottawa. (Even though Joseph’s term lasted only five years, the family decided to stay in Canada because of the roots they had laid down in the local community.)
Finding himself to be rather unskilled at Canada’s national sport, ice hockey, Abdoulaye took to basketball as an elementary schooler, which helped him to make friends and develop athletic skill. He played through high school, starring on a team that won a provincial championship his senior year.
While Abdoulaye was not particularly heavily recruited by colleges, he accepted a scholarship to play basketball at Upstate Lakes College in Watertown, New York. He redshirted his freshman year and came off the bench in his second season, getting a couple of starts in non-conference games.
Tragedy struck near the end of Abdoulaye’s second year at ULC. His father, who was visiting family in Senegal, died when the single-engine plane he was a passenger in crashed outside of Thiès. Devastated, Abdoulaye left ULC and returned home, deciding at the last minute to officially transfer to the University of Eastern Ontario instead of dropping out of school altogether.
Abdoulaye had to be convinced by his mother and high school coach to continue playing college basketball at Eastern Ontario. He played sparingly his first season back in Canada (technically his sophomore season), but was given the starting shooting guard spot after the graduation of two seniors at the end of the season.
In his two years as a starter for UEO, Abdoulaye twice garnered All-Conference honors (one second-team and one first-team), and twice led the team in points and steals. His stats for his senior season were excellent, with averages of 16.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.1 steals a game.
After graduating from UEO, Abdoulaye made the decision to declare for the 2018 FBA Draft.