Mo Bamba’s goal is to be a Hall of Famer
Mo Bamba is a player a lot of NBA fans are excited to see in the upcoming season. Though he’s just a rookie, the Orlando Magic big man has big plans for his professional career. In fact, Bamba says his goal is to reach the Hall of Fame, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic.
“My goal is to be walking across the stage with a nice coat on that has a little patch that says, ‘Hall of Fame’ on it,” Bamba told The Athletic during an interview at Cox Pavilion at NBA Summer League.
Bamba, now 20 years of age, has been drawing interest for quite some time — for good reason. Coming out of high school, the 7-foot-1 center was given five-star ratings from several scouting agencies, including Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN.
After earning a McDonald’s All-American nod for his outstanding play at Westtown School in Pennsylvania, Bamba was faced with a tough decision: where to attend college. He mulled over offers from Kentucky, Duke, and Michigan, but ultimately, the Harlem native decided to commit to the University of Texas, where he later became a member of the Big 12’s All-Newcomer Team, All-Defensive Team, and All-Big 12 Second Team.
In 30 freshman appearances with the Longhorns, Bamba racked up averages of 12.9 points on 54.1 percent shooting from the field (27.5 percent from beyond the arc), 10.5 rebounds, and an incredible 3.7 blocks in 30.2 minutes per outing.
Simply put, Bamba, who has a whopping 7-foot-10 wingspan, is a beast down low. Whether or not he will earn a spot in the Hall of Fame remains to be seen, but it never hurts to set goals.