Maurice Ndour, who earned a surprising roster spot with the Dallas Mavericks with his outstanding and athletic during summer league, has experienced a setback to the launch of his NBA career according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
Charania, via Twitter, reported, “Dallas rookie Maurice Ndour has suffered a stress reaction in left leg, out indefinitely, sources tell Yahoo. Ndour’s had strong camp.”
Ndour grabbed media attention with his arrival because of his unconventional path to the NBA. Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports wrote about it in July:
That hunger comes from growing up Senegal, where he had a normal childhood but says he is lucky to be one of the low percentage of kids that makes it out. He started playing basketball at 8 years old, and became good enough to perform well in tournaments. However, unlike most kids who make it out of Africa to play basketball, he didn’t come straight to America to pursue his dream. In fact, he basically went to the opposite side of the world, heading to Japan for his high school career.
According to Vecenie, it wasn’t an easy trip:
Going over there I had no idea where Japan was, first of all,” Ndour said. “Then the language barrier, I didn’t know it. So I just kind of gambled and trusted my instincts and just had confidence in myself. At the end of the day I’m going to be a man. Leaving your family at the age of 15 isn’t easy, but I’ve learned a lot and I definitely don’t regret going there.
In Japan, he was scouted and recruited to Ohio by Jim Christian.
From Senegal to Japan without your parents to Ohio and then to the NBA is certainly an abnormal circuit to get to the big leagues, and certainly not an easy one. Hopefully, it’s one he can resume soon.