Texas lands top prep recruit Mohamed Bamba

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One of the final pieces of Kentucky’s 2017 recruiting class, Mohamed Bamba, made his college decision Thursday morning.

Not that it seemed likely that Mohamed Bamba would commit to play for MI basketball, but it was still slightly disappointing when the news came out Thursday that Bamba committed to Texas.

A big reason for that was Shaka Smart, who coached Bamba with the Team USA U18 squad that won a FIBA gold medal last summer. Bamba will take over the center spot from Jarrett Allen, who bolted to the National Basketball Association and is projected as a possible lottery pick.

Bamba is the No. 2-ranked recruit in the 247Sports’ Composite Rankings and he was the top rated prospect left on the board.

For those unfamiliar with his game, Bamba is a low-post, shot-blocking extraordinaire, who already has an NBA-sized wingspan.

Alas, Bamba won’t follow their paths which began at Kentucky after picking Texas instead. “I will be heading there in early June to get to work”, Bamba wrote.

Bamba would’ve been the crown jewel of Michigan’s incoming class, joining guards Eli Brooks and Jordan Poole and forward Isaiah Livers. Bamba conducted recent in-home visits with the Longhorns and the Wildcats.

“He’s literally a kid that if you put sports aside, he could have gone to school wherever he wanted to follow his academic pursuits, and that’s a big part of why he’s chose to come to Texas”.

“I’m extremely excited that Mo has chosen Texas”, Smart said. Now, the tables have turned, and I’m the one interviewing with him, hoping to show I can play a major role in his team’s success next season.

Bamba average 12.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks as a high school senior in Westtown, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia, and was a McDonald’s All-American.

The Texas basketball program is going to be one to watch during the 2017-18 season.

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