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Ball State adds graduate transfer for post help

6’10” Senegal native DouDou Gueye to Cardinals

James Whitford has reason to celebrate
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Ball State men's basketball program has signed post player DouDou Gueye to scholarship papers as a graduate transfer.

The 6-foot-10 Gueye, who spent the past two seasons at South Carolina State, will have one year of eligibility for the Cardinals in 2016-17.

“DouDou is a hard worker gifted with great size,” Ball State coach James Whitford said in the press release announcing the news. “As a graduate student, he will bring some valuable experience to our front court. DouDou is also an outstanding student and person, and he will be an asset to both our team and our campus at large. We are excited to have him join our program.”

Gueye (full name pronounced Doo-doo GUY-yay) played in all 34 games and made 18 starts last season for a South Carolina State team that reached the finals of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament and competed in the Postseason Tournament (CIT).

A native of Dakar, Senegal, Gueye began his career at Western Nebraska Community College, where he played for two seasons before moving on to South Carolina State. He missed the 2014-15 campaign as a medical redshirt and then returned to the court last season.

While in Senegal, he attended SEEDS Academy, a high-level academic and basketball boarding school. As a youth, he took part in the Basketball Without Borders Africa program, an instructional camp organized by the NBA in conjunction with FIBA.

Gueye joins Kyle Mallers (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll HS), Zach Hollywood (Bradley, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais HS) and transfer Jontrell Walker (Aurora, Ill./Incarnate Word) in Ball State’s incoming scholarship class for the 2016-17 season. Walker will sit out the season as an undergraduate Division I transfer.