Real Madrid prodigy Eli Ndiaye has been one of the biggest surprises in the latter stages of the 2022-23 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season. Ndiaye, who is just 18, took part in 14 regular-season games, averaging 0.7 points and 1.0 rebounds in less than 5 minutes on the court. After working hard for an opportunity, Ndiaye has been able to show what he can do at the business end of the campaign.
Real struggled with frontcourt injuries and absences during its playoff series against Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade, with Gabriel Deck, Guerschon Yabusele, Petr Cornelie and Vincent Poirier all unavailable for selection heading into Game 5. Coach Chus Mateo opted to start Ndiaye at the 4, alongside center Walter Tavares, and he delivered, recording 4 points, 4 rebounds and 1 block in 12 minutes on the floor. It was a career-defining game in which Los Blancos rallied late to down Partizan and make it to the Final Four.