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April 18, 2013

2 Warrior players sign

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Ross will join a Blue Raiders team that qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1989 this season. MTS finished 28-5 overall and 19-1 in its last season in the Sun Belt Conference — they will officially join Conference USA July 1.

“The program is on the rise and I feel I can be a piece of the puzzle to help them out,” Ross said.

Ndiaye joins a Volunteer team that finished a respectable 20-13 last season under the leadership of Coach Cuonzo Martin.

“I think if I go there and do the right thing, I think I will help my team be successful,” Ndiaye said, “There are only two bigs remaining, so I’m hoping to have a lot of playing time.”

The former Warrior center said he has learned a lot from the wisdom imparted on him by the Indian Hills coaching staff through his stay.

“I rebound the ball better, I finish better around the rim,” Ndiaye said, “I got quicker, I got slimmer so I run better.”

Ndiaye made it a point to thank not only Peery and the rest of the Warrior staff, but also Patrick Washington, coach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas, and Darryl Harris and Lorenzo Odam, the coaches at Body of Christ Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C.

Ross, who was a focal point in the brawl that broke out between Indian Hills and Southeastern and eventually led to the Warriors being banned from postseason play, said he appreciates the support he’s received after the incident and he’s ready to move on with his career.

“The coaches, fans and teammates did a good job of helping me and staying behind my back and being there for me so I think we kind of moved on from it even though that’s not how we wanted to end it,” Ross said.

For Peery, after he spent so much time developing and getting to know his players, it’s rewarding to see them move on and play at a higher level.

“We’ve got seven guys committed to four-year schools now and we hope to have three more by the summertime and I think we get a lot of gratification for that,” Peery said.

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