Texas star freshman Mohamed Bamba, ESPN’s No. 4 ranked player on the 2017 high school class, is second in the nation in blocks.
The 6-11 forward/center leads the Longhorns in rebounding, averaging 10.2 points, 9.7 boards, and a whopping 4 rejections, while shooting 63 percent from the field this season.
“Bamba is an immediate-impact player defensively and on the boards, and he has enough touch around the rim to make him a threat offensively,” wrote NCAA.com’s Andy Wittry. “Listed at 6-11 with a reported 7-9 wingspan…there are few players in college basketball who can match Bamba’s size, athleticism and versatility.”
Bamba averaged 12.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and a whopping 3.4 blocks a game last season for Westtown School (West Chester, PA), leading the team to a 32-2 record and a second straight Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association state title.
He also averaged 12.7 points, 13.9 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks on 68 percent shooting for the PSA Cardinals on the Nike EYBL circuit last spring.
Some experts believe that Bamba may have the highest potential of any player in the 2017 Class.
“Bamba’s extreme length is a major factor, he impacts the game with deflections and blocked shots, but now he’s turning into a dominant rebounder,” wrote Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. “Offensively, his hands are terrific, as is his touch. He’s capable of facing up and making mid-range jump shots [and] he also has a jump hook in his scoring arsenal.”
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