Stars Sign Astou Ndour
July 23, 2014 - The San Antonio Stars signed 2014 draft pick, Astou Ndour, the team announced today. The Stars selected Ndour in the second round of the 2014 WNBA Draft (16th overall) in April. Per team policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.
A 6-6 center from Spain, Ndour was born in Senegal and played with Gran Canaria in Spain from 2011 to 2014. In 25 games with Gran Canaria during the 2013-14 season, Ndour averaged 17.3 points and 13.1 rebounds in 36.2 minutes. The 19-year old was named the 2013 Young Women’s Player of the Year by FIBA Europe, averaging 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds over the course of the 2012-13 season. In the 2013 U-20 FIBA European Championships she averaged 17.3 points and 9.8 rebounds in 26 minutes for the Spanish U-20 national team.
“Astou is a talent that, down the road, everyone will understand very quickly why we drafted her,” Stars Head Coach and General Manager Dan Hughes said on draft night. “This is a supremely talented player with an awful lot of potential to be one of the best players in the world.”
Ndour will be available to play this Friday when the Stars travel to Minnesota to face the Lynx at 7 p.m. The team also announced that guard Heather Butler’s seven-day contract has expired.
About the San Antonio Stars
The San Antonio Stars are one of four professional sports franchises owned and operated by Spurs Sports & Entertainment - the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), the Rampage (AHL) and the Austin Toros (NBA Development League) - and play their home games at the SS&E operated AT&T Center. The 2014 season will mark the teams 12th year in San Antonio, as the Utah Starzz relocated to the Alamo City in 2003. In operation since 1997, the WNBA - which features 12 teams - is the most successful women's professional team sports league in the world.