Mohamed Bamba Talks Relationship with Dylan Osetkowski

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Texas freshman big man Mohamed Bamba spoke Tuesday at Big-12 Media Day about his relationship with junior forward Dylan Osetkowski.

“The level of communication between me and Dylan is the difference maker,” said Bamba. “We talk to each other about the small details. We really feed off of each other.”

Although Bamba didn’t meet Osetkowski on his official visit to Texas, Osetkowski’s play at Texas played a vital role in Bamba’s decision to commit to the Longhorns.

“I saw [Dylan’s] development,” said Bamba. “I know he spent a lot of time during the season working on his game and I knew that I wanted to be around a veteran, who knows the college game and could teach me some stuff.”

Bamba also spoke about the role of the freshmen on this year’s Texas team, with players such as Matt Coleman, Jericho Sims, and Jase Febres.

“I don’t know how it worked last year with the freshman,” said Bamba. “You kind of saw it last year with guys like Andrew [Jones] and Dylan [Osetkowski], [who] were big on letting the freshman having a voice.”

“Truth be told, their going to rely on guys like me and Matt [Coleman]. Guys like Jericho Sims and Jase [Febres], are expected to provide a spark for us.”

In terms of his own game, Bamba says he has been working hard improving his play on the offensive end. Bamba, who is most heralded for his ability as a rim protector, says he’s looking to expand his game.

“It’s coming along pretty well,” said Bamba on his offensive game. “I honestly just worked on it all summer long to polish my post game and make my jump shot more consistent, so I can shot-fake and put the ball in the rim or make a play for other people. One thing that’s really underrated for me Andrew [Jones] and Jericho is passing ability. We draw all the attention on offense and then that gets guys open on the three-point line.”

Third-year Texas head coach Shaka Smart also spoke Wednesday about Osetkowski’s preparation for the upcoming season.

Well, the thing that’s different anytime you sit out and transfer, you’re just not seen for that whole year and before that he was a guy that was under-recruited, played at Tulane, which is in a good conference, but not a league that maybe receives as much national attention as the Big-12,” said Smart of Osetkowski. “I think the fact that he’s someone that was under-recruited, has always been a guy with a chip on his shoulder, it’s huge for our team.”

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