NIT Men's Basketball Action
NCAA watch party
Baylor Men's Basketball vs. Kansas, Jan. 24, 2007.
Baylor Men's Basketball vs. South Carolina - 12/09/2006
2008 Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year
2008 Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award (NAAAA)
2006 Big 12 All-Freshman team (Dallas Morning News, Waco Tribune-Herald)
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll, spring 2005
INTANGIBLES / Finished second in career blocks (145) and career blocks per game (1.44) in school history behind only current Milwaukee Buck Brian Skinner (346/3.36) Gregarious crowd and campus favorite, known by nickname "The Mayor" Selected the Big 12's "Best Shot Blocker" by The Sporting News' preseason publication in 2007 Gained more than 50 pounds since arriving at Baylor in January 2005 weighing 197 pounds Seven-foot, 3 1/4-inch wing span Standing reach is 9-feet, 6 inches First signee of Scott Drew era at Baylor.
2008-09 [SENIOR] / Played in 33 games as a senior, starting in 18 Averaged 1.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 11.2 minutes per game Finished career second in career blocks (145) and career blocks per game (1.44) in school history behind Brian Skinner Scored seven points with 3 blocks in win over Southern Went 3-for-4 at the free throw line, scoring three points in win over Centenary Nov. 18 Scored season-high nine points on 4-of-4 shooting in upset win over Kansas in Big 12 Championship March 13 Added six points in 20 minutes in win at Auburn March 24.
2007-08 [JUNIOR] / Named Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year, becoming the first Baylor male to receive the prestigious, eight-year award and the second student-athlete in school history, joining women's basketball player Jessica Stratton in 2004 (he is the first-ever men's basketball student-athlete in the conference to receive the award) Missed first seven games of the season because of ankle injury Played in final 25 games, including a start in the Bears' NCAA Tournament game against Purdue Snapped his consecutive starts streak of 43 games Finished third in the Big 12 and 75th nationally with 1.64 blocks per game Moved into second place on the Baylor career blocks list (120) Scored two points with three rebounds and one block in his season debut vs. Wayland Baptist (12/15/07) Pulled down seven rebounds vs. Prairie View A&M (12/29/07) and Oklahoma (1/26/08) Blocked three shots in the Border Battle vs. Arkansas (1/5/08) Posted five straight three-block games from Jan. 12-Jan. 26, 2008 Blocked four shots vs. Texas Tech (2/6/08) and another three in a loss at No. 4 Kansas (2/9/08) Grabbed a season-high 10 boards at Kansas Scored a season-high 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting vs. Missouri (3/1/08) Blocked a career-high six shots vs. Texas A&M (3/5/08) In his first and only start of the season, scored two points with seven rebounds in 18 minutes vs. Purdue in the NCAA Tournament.
2006-07 [SOPHOMORE] / Played in 26 of 31 games during sophomore season in 2006-07 (missed five games due to injuries), starting center in all 26 games played Averaged 4.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks on the season Ranked third in Big 12 with 1.6 blocks per game, that average ranked as ninth-best single-season mark in school history Slowed by various knee and ankle injuries - played in 18 of team's final 22 games, averaged 17.4 minutes per game in final 18 games played (23.0 mpg through first eight games) Recorded 18 blocks in last 18 games played (blocked 23 through season's first eight games before injuries) Averaged 6.8 rebounds through first eight games, 3.8 over final 18 games Blocked a career-high six shots in win over Texas Southern (11/20/06) Health and performance improved late in season - averaged 7.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and shot 58.3 percent over season's final three games Had brilliant showing in season finale vs. Texas at Big 12 Championship, totaling career-highs of 14 points and 12 rebounds (first career double-double) as well as two blocks in 30 minutes Recorded multiple blocks in 11 of 26 games played.
2005-06 [REDSHIRT FRESHMAN] / Starting center for every game during first year suiting up for Bears - the 17-game abbreviated 2005-06 season Was named to Big 12 All-Freshman teams by Dallas Morning News and Waco Tribune-Herald after averaging 3.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and league-high 2.24 blocks Demonstrated clear knack for blocking shots; finished first in the Big 12 and 36th nationally with 2.24 blocks per game Finished second nationally among freshman in blocked shots (behind LSU's Tyrus Thomas) 2.24 block average ranks fifth on school's single-season blocks list 38 blocked shots ranks third on Baylor's freshman blocks list (second in average blocks) Recorded at least one block in all 17 games Tallied 13 games with multiple blocks and ended season on six-game streak of two-plus blocks Ranked 13th in conference in rebounding (5.8 per game) Fouled out of seven of 17 contests Scored three points and had four rebounds in 26 minutes before fouling out in collegiate debut at Texas Tech (1/11/06) Played a season-high 31 minutes in season's fourth game vs. Texas (1/21/06), had five points, six rebounds and three blocks Totaled a season-best four blocks in three games; wins over Missouri (2/7/06) and Iowa State (2/25/06) and close tourney loss to Colorado (3/9/06) Scored season-high 10 points and grabbed eight boards along with four blocks in the ISU victory Notched a season-high 11 rebounds in 16 minutes before fouling out in win over Texas Tech (3/1/06), added six points 40 of 99 rebounds on offensive end Did not attempt a free throw over the season's final seven games Member of "Freshman Four" rookie quartet (along with Henry Dugat, Curtis Jerrells and Kevin Rogers) that accounted for 46 percent of team's points and 51 percent of rebounds.
2004-05 [TRUE FRESHMAN] / Attended spring semester at Baylor after arriving in United States in January Did not play but practiced with team Redshirted to retain eligibility Named to Spring 2005 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for academic achievement Earned highest GPA on squad in spring 2005.
INTERNATIONAL [PRE-BAYLOR] / Would have ranked among top 40 high school players in 2004 signing class nationally if a U.S. player, according to HoopScoop.com Played for under-20 Senegalese national team in summer of 2004 Participated in Basketball Without Borders event for Africa's top 100 NBA prospects, held in South Africa in September 2004, included instruction from current and former NBA stars including Dikembe Mutombo and Malik Rose Participated in Babacar Sy Basketball School during final two years of high school Top player at Babacar Sy Basketball School in summer of 2003 Began playing organized basketball at age 15.
HIGH SCHOOL / Attended Jean de la Fontaine High School, which did not field a basketball team Carried a 3.9 GPA in high school.
PERSONAL / Full name is Mamadou Diene (pronounced jee-EHN) Born May 23, 1987, in Yeumbeul, Senegal Son of the late Demba Diene and the late Aida Diagne First member of extended family to attend college Fluent in three languages (native Wolof, French and English) Wing span measured at 88 inches Majoring in Speech Communications.