Dec. 17, 1997

    Friars' Ndongo N'Diaye and Kofi Pointer to Transfer

    PROVIDENCE, R.I--Providence College basketball coach Pete Gillen announced today that Ndongo N'Diaye (pronounced Dongo En-jie) and Kofi Pointer have decided to leave Providence College at the end of the fall term which closes on Friday, December 19th.

    In making the announcement Gillen said, "Kofi and Ndongo have decided to transfer at the end of finals this week. Both players were unhappy due to their lack of playing time. They are two terrific young men who worked very hard for us and we wish them the best in the future."

    N'Diaye and Pointer are both sophomores. N'Diaye, a native of Dakar, Senegal, has played in five games this season averaging 7.4 minutes per game and 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds. The 7-0, 225-pound center leads the team with five blocked shots. As a freshman last year, the popular center, played in 32 games averaging 0.7 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. He came to Providence after playing one year at Suffield Academy in Suffield, Connecticut.

    Pointer has not played in any regular season games this year. The 6-8, 225-pound forward from Baltimore, Maryland saw action in 14 games as a freshman scoring nine points with six rebounds in limited playing time.

    Neither player has indicated where they plan to transfer at this time. N'Diaye's and Pointer's departures leave the Friars with just ten scholarship players for the remainder of the 1997-98 season.