Q&A: 1-on-1 with Hamady N'Diaye

Q&A: 1-on-1 with Hamady N'Diaye

Former Rutgers center and 2009 NBA draft pick Hamady N'Diaye visited his former team this week and helped them prepare for arch-rival Seton Hall. N'Diaye, who was recently waived by the Washington Wizards, discussed his return home and persistence throughout the process.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Waived by the Washington Wizards, former Rutgers star center Hamady N'Diaye, founder of the "block party," returned the Louis Brown Athletic Center. N'Diaye plans to continue fighting for his dream of playing in the NBA and went one-on-one with ScarletReport.com.

ScarletReport.com: Hamady, what is it like for you to come back to Rutgers?

Hamady N'Diaye: I think it's a great thing. I needed it, honestly. Rutgers is like my home base. I've been here four years, graduated, but still, this is the place I lived. Whenever anything goes wrong, this is where I come back. It feels good to come back and be with the team, work with the team, enjoying it.

SR.com: You say you needed this, why is it so important to you?

HN: I just got waived by the Washington Wizards, so at this point, I'm kind of figuring out what's my next step and everything. I just lost my first job and it doesn't feel very good. It wouldn't feel very good for anybody. I just wanted to come back and rekindle what I felt when I was in college. Rekindle that fire and I'm always working. I just wanted to come back and see the family and friends, the guys that I left here, the coaches and everybody else. I worked out here a bunch of times this summer, so it always feels like home even though I graduated about three years ago.

SR.com: Has being back here brought back that hunger?

HN: Definitely, 100 percent yes. To see these guys working so hard to get where I got to and where I'm going back to. Just to be where I'm at now, it's a good thing to see guys still working hard to get there. I know I've been there. I'm still there, but this just brings a different kind of fire to your heart. You know, this is what got me there and this is what will keep me there. It was fun. It's a whole lot of fun to see guys fighting and practicing so hard. It's a great feeling. I love it.

SR.com: What's it like to see guys like Dane Miller and Austin Johnson all grown up after you played with them as freshmen.

HN: It's amazing. It's a great, great thing for those guys. I see them now and they are fierce leaders. Those guys are different players now. They're more mature. Their bodies changed. They're just grown men now and it's just a great thing to see them pursuing the dream, not like other players that come in and give up or can't change. These guys are still fighting and they're getting better every single time I see them. Not once have I come to practice or watched practice where I didn't see progress in their game. It's a good thing.

SR.com: What do you think of the way Mike Rice runs practice?

HN: I love it.

SR.com: He never coached you, but it isn't stopping him from screaming at you on the court like everyone else.

HN: I love it. I love it. Honestly, I live it. That's what a young team needs. That's what they need to hear and see on consistent basis. Everybody thinks that once you get to college, you're grown men, but you still need somebody to put you in the right direction if you're not doing the right thing. And he makes it fun. It's not just cussing or yelling, it's fun. It's all of those things, but it's a great atmosphere instead of having a coach not talk to you at all, just being quiet on the side and not saying anything. He interacts with players, He does the drills and it's fun to know that he's pushing you do it.

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