Over the past few months, Findlay Prep (Nev.) power forward Fallou Ndoye has talked of his growing relationship with Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray and his coaching staff. On Tuesday, Ndoye decided he wanted to be part of that program next year and committed to the Bulldogs.
Ndoye became the fourth commitment for the Bulldogs' Class of 2013 and is expected to sign in the early signing period, which begins on Wednesday. Ndoye joins the likes of point guard I.J. Ready, and junior college forwards Travis Daniels and Quantel Denson in Ray's recruiting class for 2013.
"It was a good day for me and glad I committed to Mississippi State," said Ndoye, a native of Senegal in Africa. "I have a good relationship with Coach Ray and I believe I have a good future with Mississippi State and it is a good fit. I am very excited about my decision and I know I made the right decision."
The 6-foot-10 and 215-pound Ndoye picked MSU over numerous other offers, including the likes of Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Southern Cal and Nevada, and drew interest from Kansas State, LaSalle and Old Dominion.
As he noted last month, Ndoye sees a good opportunity at MSU considering the Bulldogs graduate senior center Wendell Lewis after this season.
"I just liked the staff and I have a good chance to play early," said Ndoye, who unofficially visited MSU last month. "When I went there I was comfortable around their players and their coaches. I like the system that Coach Ray executes on offense and defense. He likes for his guys to run the floor and I feel I am good at doing that."
Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports with an 84 rating, Ndoye spent last year at Faith Baptist School in Fort Pierce, Fla., before transferring to Findlay Prep this season.
"Fallou is a real solid player and a guy that goes about his work the right way," said Findley Prep head coach Todd Simon. "A lot of teams go zone against us to limit his touches but we are still able to throw it to him, offensively. He is able to get his spot on the floor because he is so strong.
"He is also one of the best bigs running the floor that we've had here. He is a high-energy guy that gets up and down the floor well. He defends the screen and roll well, too, and is a defensive presence inside. He is very athletic and a guy that finishes above the rim."