UNICS forward Maurice Ndour has been named the 2018-19 VTB United League Defensive Player of the Year.
Maurice Ndour played in 16 games during the regular season, averaging 11.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals with a 13.3 efficiency rating. The forward was the top block-shotter for UNICS (1.2), while his team led the League in defense during the regular season, allowing only 74.8 points per game.
This is the sixth time the Defensive Player of the Year award has been given out. The first winner was CSKA’s Alexander Kaun in 2014. Subsequent winners were CSKA forward Andrey Vorontsevich (2015), CSKA center Kyle Hines (2016), CSKA forward Nikita Kurbanov (2017) and Lokomotiv-Kuban guard Dmitry Kulagin (2018).
“Thank you to the VTB United League for this award. I pride myself most of all on defense,” said Maurice Ndour. “I’m also very grateful that others have valued my role on the court.”