Top prospect Mohamed Bamba chooses to attend Texas
19 May, 2017, 04:40 | Author: Jonathon Greene
Well, this situation came to fruition on Thursday, as Bamba announced he will be joining the Longhorns for the 2017-18 college basketball season. Bamba is ranked by national recruiting services as one of the top players in the country and already projected by some as an early 2018 NBA draft pick. And one of my goals right now in life is to get better at making the right call despite having incomplete information.
Some experts believe Kentucky was the second choice of the No. 3 overall prospect in the class of 2017.
I've made a decision to attend the University of Texas.
Nick Richards - a 7-footer from Queens, N.Y., and a native of Jamaica - signed with Kentucky last fall and might be the most likely candidate to take over the starting center role next season.
Bamba conducted recent in-home visits with the Longhorns and the Wildcats.
"Coach Shaka Smart may not have been aware of it, but I put him through a weeklong job interview last summer when he coached me on Team USA in Valdivia, Chile", Bamba wrote in the article.
"He's a very, very unique person who happens to also be a terrific basketball player". "Mo's combination of talent, intellect and ability to impact others will make him a catalyst in our program and on our campus from day one". His The Players Tribune piece can be viewed here.
"The most meaningful compliment anyone has ever paid me is that I'm 'mature beyond my years, '" wrote Bamba in his announcement. His attention to detail is truly unbelievable - I can't tell you how many times he picked up on something I mentioned in passing and brought it back full circle several months later.
In the McDonald's All-American Game in March, Bamba posted 17 points and five rebounds for the East squad in a 109-107 loss to the West.
"I've seen firsthand how much he genuinely cares about me and my family and how he's going to challenge me to be in a state of continuous improvement". As a junior, Bamba helped lead Westtown to a state title.
"We're excited about who he is and what he represents", Smart added.
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