Ndongo Again Named ACC Rookie of the Week

Freshman forward scored first career double-double in win over Penn State

Duke center Ryan Young (15) shoots against Georgia Tech forward Baye Ndongo (11) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)

Charlotte, N.C. – After posting his first career double-double to help lift Georgia Tech to an overtime victory over Penn State Saturday at Madison Square Garden, freshman forward Baye Ndongo has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week. It is Ndongo’s second rookie honor this season.

The 6-9 freshman scored 12 points and grabbed 19 rebounds, tying the most ever by a Tech freshman and equaling the mark set by Ivano Newbill on Dec. 27, 1990 against Tulane. Ndongo scored all 12 of his points and took 11 of his rebounds in the second half and overtime period against the Nittany Lions, helping Tech prevail 82-81. He went 5-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the foul line adding a blocked shot and an assist with no turnovers in 35 minutes.

The Mboro, Senegal native is Tech’s leading rebounder this season and ranks in the top 10 of the ACC at 9.0 per game, and is the Yellow Jackets’ third-leading scorer at 8.8 points per game. Ndongo also won ACC Rookie of the Week honors Dec. 4 after leading Tech to a 72-68 victory over Duke with 21 points with five rebounds and four blocked shots.

Tech returns to action Thursday night at 9 p.m. EST, taking on Massachusetts in the opening round of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2

Looking to build on the success of last year’s Competitive Drive Initiative, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Foundation and Georgia Tech athletics are partnering once again for Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2. Initially launched on Nov. 7, CDI Turn 2 has reached its initial goal of raising $2.5 million in new gifts to the Alexander-Tharpe Fund’s Athletic Scholarship Fund and has a new goal of raising $3 million in new gifts to the A-T Fund by Dec. 31. Georgia Tech and the Georgia Tech Foundation will match eligible gifts to accelerate the impact for Tech athletics and, like last year, not only will gifts to CDI Turn 2 be matched, but so will the contributor’s benefits in the way of A-T Fund giving levels and priority points. To learn more and contribute online, visit atfund.org/turn2.


Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team is in its first year under head coach Damon Stoudamire. Tech has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1979, won four ACC Championships (1985, 1990, 1993, 2021), played in the NCAA Tournament 17 times and played in two Final Fours (1990, 2004). Connect with Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball on social media by liking their Facebook Page, or following on Twitter (@GTMBB) and Instagram. For more information on Tech basketball, visit Ramblinwreck.com.

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