By now, you are well aware that Mohamed Bamba is a special type of player. Next in a line of “it” prospects, Bamba has all the tools to be a superstar: freakish size, off the charts measurements, and a basketball IQ so high that he spends his free time going to seminars on sports business at MIT. In accordance with their final Top 100 rankings, ESPN released their final scouting report on Bamba, and, well, if you wanted him to come to Kentucky before, you’ll really, really want him to come here now.
“His physical tools are absolutely off the charts,” ESPN begins. “He has been measured at 6-foot-11 with an incredible 7-foot-8 wingspan and a 9-foot-5 standing reach-and those numbers are truly astounding. Combine that size and length with incredible grace and fluidity, not to mention the athleticism to get his head on the rim with ease and the ability to run the floor like a deer, and you have arguably the most physically gifted player in all of high school basketball.”
Unlike a lot of seven-foot prospects, Bamba’s got the skill to match his size.
“But Bamba isn’t just a track star. There is an element of skill to his game as well. He has really good touch around the rim, is starting to develop as a face-up mid-range shooter and can even handle the ball a little bit. He’s an unselfish player who can change a game defensively with his ability to block shots and a huge defensive weapon in full court situations because of his ability to cover the court so effortlessly.”
So, why is Bamba ranked third in the ESPN Top 100 and not first? ESPN notes that his offensive game could still use some polishing.
“His offensive game is still a work in progress,” ESPN says. “He plays hard in spurts, but needs to learn to keep that motor running in first gear every minute he’s on the floor. He’ll also need to continue bulking up what is a long, but still very lean frame.”
Okay, weight room, got it. But as ESPN concludes, bottom line is, Bamba’s potential is “off the charts.”
“His upside is absolutely off the charts. His physical gifts are on a level almost all of their own and he also has some natural skill to develop but there’s plenty of work still in front of him as he attempts to develop from one of the nation’s most elite prospects into one of the nation’s most elite players.”
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