Niang Basketball Career Over Due to Back Condition

LAWRENCE, Kan. — University of Kansas senior Moulaye Niang’s basketball career is over, Bill Self announced Friday. Because of a chronic back condition the 6-11 forward will not play competitive basketball again, however Naing will remain a student at KU.

“Moulaye had problems with his back off and on throughout the season,” Self said. “After the season ended, a battery of tests were run, and it was determined that Moulaye’s condition was not improving. Moulaye’s doctors have advised him that continuing to play basketball could cause further damage to his back. Moulaye has come to accept that it is in his best interest not to play basketball again. He will remain on scholarship at Kansas on a medical hardship. This forfeits his intercollegiate athletic eligibility and does not count against the team’s allotted scholarships.

“The doctors said I would be taking a big risk if I played again,” Niang said. “I don’t want to take any chances, and need to think of the long term.”

Niang averaged 0.6 points and 1.1 rebounds per contest in 16 games as a junior in 2004-05.