Cliff Ellis turned to one of his NBA alumni to join his staff at Coastal Carolina. 7 foot center Mamadou N'diaye is now a part of the CCU basketball staff. N'diaye takes the spot of Richie Riley, who left CCU to join his alma mater at Eastern Kentucky. N'diaye played for Ellis from 1996-2000 at Auburn becoming a first round draft pick of the Denver Nuggets. N'diaye played in a total of 69 NBA games for four different teams. He then went on to a career overseas in Europe before retiring and entering the coaching profession.