University of Iowa Athletics

#13 Ladji Dembele

Height 6-8
Weight 250 lbs.
Class So.
Hometown Newark, N.J.
High School St. Benedict’s Prep
Ladji Dembele - Men's Basketball - University of Iowa Athletics

2023-24 Honors — Co-recipient of the team’s Best Defensive Player Award. 2023-24 — Saw action in 32 games, averaging 11.1 minutes per game… averaged 2.2 points and 2.0 rebounds… also had 15 steals and 14 assists… shot 37.8 percent (28-of-74) from the field and 31 percent (9-of-29) from 3-point range… scored eight or more points three times and had 5+ rebounds three times… scored eight points on 3-of-5 shooting with two 3-pointers in his debut against North Dakota (11/7)… finished with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting (2-of-2 from 3) at Creighton (11/14)… netted a career-high nine points, making 4-of-5 field goals, and three steals against Florida A&M (12/16)…  had a season-high six rebounds at Minnesota (11/15)… letterwinner.


High School — Played the last two years at St. Benedict’s Prep… averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 1.1 assists last season… shot the basketball at a 52 percent clip from the field, including 36 percent on 21 made 3-pointers… helped St. Benedict’s Prep, ranked No. 6 nationally by MaxPreps, to a 25-1 record and a State Prep A championship last season… St. Benedict’s Prep head coach is Mark Taylor… also played on the AAU circuit for NY Rens and NY Jayhawks… originally from Mali… moved to Spain at the age of 13 and the United States at 17… played for Mali U-19 team in the 2021 World Cup… totaled 17 points and nine rebounds in a win over Puerto Rico at the World Cup.

Personal — Originally from Mali in West Africa… born Oct. 16, 2003… son of Sidy Dembele and Kadia Diarra… has nine siblings… open major.

Points: 9 vs. Florida A&M, 12/16/23
Rebounds: 6 at Minnesota, 1/15/24
FGM: 4 vs. Florida A&M, 12/16/23
FGA: 5, 4X, last vs. Ohio State, 3/14/24
3-pt FG: 2, 2X, last at Creighton, 11/14/23
3-pt FGA: 3 vs. North Dakota, 11/7/23
FTM: 2 vs. Oklahoma, 11/23/23
FTA: 3 vs. Kansas State, 3/19/24
Assists: 2, 3X, last at Michigan State, 2/20/24
Steals: 3 vs. Florida A&M, 12/16/23
Blocks: 2 vs. Northern Illinois, 12/29/23
Minutes: 19:43 vs. Ohio State, 2/2/24