OF THE DAY
Maniacs honor Badiane’s career
on Senior Night
by Eric Gilmore
so the Pirates didn’t win on Saturday night versus Houston. To be
honest, I’ve almost come to expect it. As a student over the past two
years, I am almost building up immunity to tough losses. Even so, as I
register it in the “to be forgotten” pile in my memory bank, I’m
Moussa Badiane probably won’t.
A crowd of about 50
well-wishers stayed 45 minutes after the game was over to honor their
6-foot-ten-inch Frenchman. They waited for Badiane to process the game
in the locker room while changing, talk to the local media and then
find the courage to face a crowd after such a disappointing loss.
nowhere-near-championship-level high school basketball games that I
didn’t want to talk to anybody after a game. I was always mad about the
refereeing or some silly thing. Maybe it’s a French thing, but Badiane
didn’t share my same sentiments.
awesome 22 by 28 inch portrait created by Sally Jo Medford (a name you
should recognize), Badiane seem stunned. Kinda the way, he has stunned
us with his numerous blocks and thunderous dunks. Badiane took
pictures, signed autographs and even gave an appreciative speech.
It’s funny that
gave a speech in his distinct accent considering he barely spoke
English when he arrived. Jill Herenda, associate head coach Greg’s
wife, gave Badiane a French dictionary when he came to Greenville.
Recounted via the Herenda’s, it was the first thing that Badiane asked
for when he got off the plane.
Jill, fluent in
had used the dictionary while she was in school. On Saturday night,
Badiane returned the book he had borrowed four years ago as a token of
It was kinda
way for the Maniacs. They appreciate Badiane because gave his sweat,
blood and tears for the basketball program laying the foundation for
future Pirates. But Badiane was the one doing the appreciating for all
the effort the fans have put in towards supporting him.
by all the significant Maniacs (I got a little space in the left
corner). Badiane won’t recognize 90 percent of the names, but it
symbolic of Badiane. The photograph to which the picture is based on is
in the ladder portions of Badiane’s career. When he came here, he was a
raw talented skinny rail. In the picture, he’s got some guns. Also, the
normally reserved Badiane is letting out a little emotion as he thrusts
opinion of Herrion’s firing, you can’t disagree that Badiane has been a
class act. Barely knowing English, the Management major is graduating
with over a 3.0 GPA. He has always stated that he tries to lead by
example especially off the court.
Badiane came to
without ever visiting. He took his brother Pape’s word, who had visited
a year before. Badiane took a chance on ECU. Judging the fans and
Maniacs on Saturday night, his gamble paid off.
Badiane signed every autograph and agreed to every photo request.
Something told me that he would.
Photo courtesy of Jonathon Medford.
Portrait done by Sally
If you are interested in her artwork,
Photo courtesy of Josh
Moussa poses with his
Photo courtesy of
Moussa poses with the
artist. Sally Jo is Jonathon Medford’s wife. The two have helped to
create the Minges Maniacs.