Round 2: Pick 47=MF Bachir Ndiaye (UNC-Wilmington)
With their second and final pick of the night, Miami picked a first team All-Atlantic Region selection in Ndiaye to help add depth to their defensive midfield.
Ndiaye had two assists this season across 17 appearances (15 starts) for the SeaHawks. In his career, he appeared in 36 matches, but the majority of those (33) came in the past two years. Those two assists this past season were the only of his career. He is a former JuCo transfer from Louisberg College.
I believe Ndiaye will likely spend the year with IMCFII, but he has future prospects with the team in the central midfield. It will be tough for Ndiaye to break into the rotation consistently this season, as Miami's central midfield is seemingly set with the likes of with Gregore, Jean Mota, and Robert Taylor. Miami also has 21-year old Bryce Duke in the fold as well. However, I believe that Ndiaye has the potential to become a future piece in the midfield for Miami.
I think Miami will let Ndiaye develop for a year in MLS Next Pro, and then go from there (which isn't always a bad thing for a mid-second rounder).
- Pick Grade: B-
OVERALL DRAFT GRADE: B-
In terms of immediate impact, the grade would be lower. However, I don't think that's why Miami drafted these two players. I think the club views them as potential contributors down the road.
While I'm not sure either player makes much of an immediate impact in 2023, it wouldn't surprise me if either or both of them eventually become rotation players/starters for Miami in 2024 and beyond.