Hooked. Mohamed Bamba Picks the Longhorns.

Mo Bamba Photo | Brian Spurlock | USA TODAY Sports

Head Coach Shaka Smart now has his cornerstone player down in Austin. The top remaining player in the class of 2017, Mohamed Bamba (Westtown School) has committed to the University of Texas, shooting their incoming class up to the fourth best according to ESPN. The number three overall prospect on ESPN ended the long wait with a self written article via the Players Tribune.

“Coach 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 his announcement. “We instantly formed a bond. 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, a Harlem native, sited his relationship with Coach Smart and the extensive UT alumni network as the two biggest reasons he will make the almost 2,000 mile journey to play for the Longhorns next season. The alumni are definitely excited for the young stud to join the UT family as Kevin Durant expressed his excitement with a tweet earlier today.

“Oh, and that alumni network — man, the Horns are everywhere!” Bamba said. “I can see and feel their passion and I’m excited about aligning myself with them for a lifetime of support and learning. I’ve seen firsthand the power of this from my time at Westtown and Cardigan Mountain.”

Bamba, a McDonald’s All-American, is a presumed one and done prospect who Draft Express currently has being picked fourth overall in the 2018 draft. At 7 foot with an absolutely absurd 7 foot 9 wingspan, Bamba has elite physical tools with a solid offensive game. The potential to be a defensive monster is clear. At 216 pounds, expect Mo to spend a good deal of time in the Longhorns weight room next season.

Bamba joins a UT recruiting class that already has top 50 point guard Matt Coleman, and top 100 bigs Jericho Sims and Royce Hamm. These four join Kerwin Roach, Eric Davis Jr, and potentially Andrew Jones should he return. Even with the loss of Jarrett Allen, the Longhorns will have weapons all over the court and will look to make noise in the already competitive Big-12.


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