Mo Bamba off the charts with wingspan measurement
With the 2018 NBA Draft just over one month away (June 21), most teams around the league are beginning to focus their interests on which prospects they might select. One such candidate who is drawing heaps of interest is former University of Texas stand-out Mo Bamba.
If you’re an NBA executive who’s looking for a rim protector, Bamba might be your man.
Bamba is a 6-foot-11 big who possesses an incredible 7-foot-10 wingspan. In his 30 games played with the Longhorns during his freshman season (29 starts), the 20-year-old racked up averages of 12.9 points on 54.1 percent shooting from the field, 10.5 rebounds, 3.7 blocks and just under one steal (0.8) in 30.2 minutes per.
Longest wingspans at the '18 #NBA combine
1. Mo Bamba (7'10)
2. Udoka Azubuike (7'7)
3. Jaren Jackson (7'5.25)
T-4. Isaac Haas / Austin Wiley (7'5)
6. Ray Spalding (7'4.75)
7. Wendell Carter (7'4.5)
8. Bruno Fernando (7'4.25)
9. Kevin Hervey (7'3.5)
10. Keita Bates-Diop (7'3.25) pic.twitter.com/tQttHKlPVB
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Bamba was born in Harlem, New York. His parents, Lancine Bamba and Aminata Bamba, both emigrated to the United States from the Ivory Coast.
Mo played his high school ball at Westtown School in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where he was named one of the top high school prospects of 2017 (five-stars). As a junior at Westtown, Bamba averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds, and six blocks per game.
Bamba announced his intention to forgo the final three seasons of his collegiate eligibility after the Longhorns lost to Nevada in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. According to most reports, he’s expected to be a lottery selection in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Bamba has great moves in the post, an eye for blocking shots and a strong dunk hand. Exactly which team will land him remains to be seen. In the meantime, have a go at some of his highlights with the Longhorns.