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Pros and Cons: Making Bamba’s Decision For Him


Time is winding down on the recruitment of Mohamed Bamba, the No. 2 high school senior in America. Bamba has made no plans to make and announce his decision in the near future, but as May draws closer, Bamba’s decision does too.

Once the seven-footer’s college destination is announced, it will be one of four schools: Duke, Kentucky, Michigan or Texas. All good schools, all with their own pros and cons. Let’s break those pros and cons down tonight and decide which is the better option for Bamba. (We’ll be unbiased here.)



1. Academics. Of the four schools Bamba is considering, a diploma from Duke will look best on the mantle. Education is important to Bamba and Duke would challenge him in that area, if not for the fact he will likely be there for only one year.

2. Coach K. Best college basketball coach ever? He’s in the conversation.

3. Elite program and title contender. Per usual, Duke will be one of the top teams in the preseason rankings and conversations. That will continue ad nauseam throughout the season up until somewhere around the second round of the NCAA tournament.


1. Wendell Carter and Marques Bolden. Duke’s frontcourt is pretty much set already with incoming freshman Wendell Carter and returning sophomore Marques Bolden inside. Bamba would obviously challenge those two for a spot, but somebody ain’t going to be happy in the end.

2. Having to play with Grayson Allen. Earlier this week Grayson Allen announced his return to Duke. And who would voluntarily share a locker room and play basketball with that guy? He’s a crazy person.

3. Google ‘Jahlil Okafor’. With all due respect to Coach K’s greatness, he doesn’t have the track record of other coaches (*cough* Calipari *cough*) when it comes to star one-and-done big men.


1. Academics. Like Duke, Michigan provides a great education. It’s considered one of the best public schools in America, while bringing the big-time university atmosphere, unlike Duke.

2. Football tickets? Game’s at the Big House look fun. I hear Michigan has a pretty nice campus too.

3. I got nothing. Literally can’t think of a third pro.


1. Big Ten. Why would anyone want to play in the Big Ten? I’m falling asleep just thinking about it.

2. John Beilein’s never had a young star. In his 10 years at Michigan, John Beilein has never had a five-star prospect. Can he coach one up? Can he get one ready for the NBA? I wouldn’t want to be the first to find out.

3. It’s not Duke, Kentucky or Texas. Sorry, Michigan fans. Good luck against Ohio State in football next year. Harbaugh should have you in the playoff.


1. Living in Austin, Texas. Austin is awesome.

2. Chance to put Texas basketball on the map. One of the top two or three athletics schools in the country is lacking in basketball. Bamba could bring the program to the top and put an end to Kansas’s Big 12 dominance.

3. The spot’s wide open. Texas lost its star big man, Jarrett Allen, to the NBA. Bamba would walk into his position with nobody challenging him for one minute of action. It’d be his show, although with little help.


1. Farthest from home. Bamba is originally from Harlem and he played his high school basketball in Philadelphia. Of the four schools he is considering, Texas is the farthest by about a million miles.

2. Shaka Smart. He’s not at VCU and it’s not 2011. Smart is still milking all he can get out of that one magical run six years ago.

3. Nobody cares. Unless Bamba is playing defensive end or tight end, nobody at Texas is going to care that he is on campus. I don’t think anyone on campus today knows Kevin Durant played there, nor could they find the basketball arena on a map.


1. Quade Green and Hamidou Diallo. Bamba has been open about his close friendships with Quade Green and Hamidou Diallo, the projected starting backcourt at Kentucky next season. Green has been the lead recruiter for Bamba, while Diallo has been in his ear about what it’s like to be a Wildcat. Together, the three are best buds.

2. No. 1 overall pick. John Calipari’s pretty good at producing those. He’s responsible for four of the last nine.

3. National Championship. Kentucky’s due for one.


1. Having to sign all those autographs. And having an entire Nation adore him.

2. Being on TV every game. It must get exhausting playing in front of so many people every single game and building his own brand for the future.

3. Picking friends and family for green room table. The NBA draft won’t let its top player bring everyone to New York, so there’s the difficult decision of narrowing friends and family down to one table. Plus he’d have to buy a nice suit and pay all those taxes and all of the other struggles that come with being a superstar before the age of 20.



(Unbiased opinion, of course.)

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

39 Comments for Pros and Cons: Making Bamba’s Decision For Him

  1. Big DAWG Loggin
    7:38 pm April 20, 2017 Permalink

    He’s going to be one and done. Does quality of education – during the one year- really matter?

    • bhb71
      1:49 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      No, but networking does if he’s trying to do anything business related in the future, which Bamba has expressed an interest in.

    • ukcamel
      9:31 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      A better ranked school doesn’t mean better networking opportunities. And also Coaxh Cal’s network includes LeBron, Drake, etc., not to mention all his former players. In the end where you spend one year at 19 will have little to do with opportunities after basketball, but to the extent it matters Kentucky is the best choice.

    • blackmilk23
      10:18 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      You can still get your degree from the school. Some people don’t even un-enroll they just take summer or online classes.

    • theWilkman
      11:06 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      He doesn’t need a degree from any school to build his “network.” He’s going to be a top 2-3 pick, if not number 1. He’ll have all the connections he needs.

  2. terwilliger
    8:20 pm April 20, 2017 Permalink

    Austin is only awesome if you like chicks with armpit hair, snowflakes, nauseating pretension, and people who think they know how to make beer but actually suck balls at it.

    • DelrayCat
      8:53 pm April 20, 2017 Permalink

      You obviously are a mouth-breathing idiot. Have you ever been to Austin? And for that matter, Lexington has its fair share of Patchouli burning hippie chicks…but I dare say none of them today have armpit hair. And the snowflake dig at liberals is so overplayed…you commie-loving race-baiter.

    • CatsfaninFL
      8:57 pm April 20, 2017 Permalink

      BBQ… don’t short change them on that…

    • syrin23
      1:55 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      Delray, he’s right. And sorry, communism always comes from the left. And exactly what race was he baiting? Seriously dude, get your stuff together.

    • rickwhitetx
      8:46 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      I live just outside Austin. Austin is a bastion of California liberals. It is not typical of the rest of Texas.

  3. DrewP
    8:27 pm April 20, 2017 Permalink

    I think we get him. Who was the last recruit to announce at the last minute? I cant remember? Was it murray?

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      8:21 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      Murray re-classified and joined us very late…as did Humphries.
      The person I always think of that made us wait forever was Andrew Wiggins. Ugh.

  4. whodeynation
    8:43 pm April 20, 2017 Permalink

    Dead on about UT. They think hoops is just off season conditioning for football. And it’s really, really hot.

  5. bigtaters6957
    9:09 pm April 20, 2017 Permalink

    Was Shaka Smart not riding Anthony Grants success at VCU. Burgess and Skeen were the players that carried them, and they were Grant leftovers. I don’t think hes ever built a team.

    • J-Dub421
      9:10 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      Rick Barnes maybe. Grant was at Alabama.

    • CatBlue in LR
      3:12 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

      bigtater’s right. Grant was at VCU before going to ‘Bama. Smart followed Barnes at UT.

  6. djordan
    9:56 pm April 20, 2017 Permalink

    Beautifully written imo

  7. catlaska
    10:18 pm April 20, 2017 Permalink

    Lmao. Nicely done.

  8. GroundControlToNumber9
    1:20 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

    F u c k em! If he doesn’t understand by now that Cal is a legendary NBA sage then let him clean gutters at Texas. You come to UK to win championships.

    If Bamba doesn’t come here he’s clearly afraid of Nick Richard.

    Seriously… seriously. When your the top center you go where you want and don’t worry. Unless you have something to worry about.

    • syrin23
      1:57 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      We’ve won one championship under Cal, and it took Anthony Davis to do that despite having a ton of top five NBA draft picks. I think as a player you come to UK to go to the NBA.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:28 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      Yes “only” one title under Cal. Zero titles for the 2 year disaster that was Billy G. One title for Tubby. One title for RP. Zero titles for Sutton. One title for Joe B. Four titles for Rupp but he coached here FORTY TWO years. The “only one title”,”NBA” crowd need to find a better anti-Cal narrative.

    • 4everblue
      3:04 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

      Thanks catsarerunnin for breaking it down for those iffy fans who are unaware of UK’s history. If those so called fans don’t like Cal they should jump ship and find a program that wins a title every year or two.

  9. GroundControlToNumber9
    1:25 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

    Seriously… look in his eyes… he’s afraid.

  10. GroundControlToNumber9
    1:34 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

    ” All good schools…” – Drew Franklin

    Dude… you seriously wrote that? This kid is smart but shouldn’t stay at any of these school for very long. he needs to go where the right people & culture will allow him to develop the quickest to become the right version of himself for the current NBA.

    With that said… it’s no longer all good schools. There’s only one left. That’s the Big Blue.

    Thankfully Mitch Barnhart has been removed from the basketball sphere and John Calipari can work.

    Did I say what a f u c k b a g Mitch Barnhart was? He’d take your love away… and will if allowed to make future decisions.

    • a21CATSfan
      1:52 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      Fans like you are why I’m worried he won’t come here. Go to sleep; you are probably up still calling John Higgins’ roofing company.

    • GroundControlToNumber9
      2:08 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      Yes, I’m the reason you suck. Go look in the mirror when you say that you turd sniffer.

    • catsarerunnin
      7:30 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      An a$$hole calls somebody a “turd sniffer”. Pot meet kettle.

  11. GroundControlToNumber9
    2:11 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

    a21CATSfan — People like you are the reason that limp wristed h o m o s are walking around.

    Fist there was Tipton.
    Then there was Matt Jones.

    Seriously… quit breeding for profit with women no one wants.

    • Tater Soup
      8:08 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

      GCT#9, you were off to a decent start with post #8; however, less than an hour you faded. I must ask, my good Sir… What the hell are you talking about? Also, where do you buy your drugs? It obviously appears that your distributor sells the strongest product in town.

  12. GroundControlToNumber9
    2:15 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

    Every generation has women no one wants. That’s for a reason.

    The universe is ‘keeping them from the pool’ yet you fools are stooping so low in your lowly way to get a little bit for yourself because you can’t with anyone else.

    The rest is history. Turd people for the rest of us.

    • RealCatsFan
      7:42 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      Good god man, go to bed. But PLEASE take your meds first. And BTW, Bill O’Reilly called and wants his tin hat back.

    • Dusten
      8:52 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      This guy is pathetic…. Holy cow…

  13. GroundControlToNumber9
    2:17 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

    Sorry souls eventually learn to bring up their standards… because no one wants them.

    Matt Jones makes a living off of turd people. They are there every step of his way.

    Morning, noon, night… turd people. Ask him on your next call to the show.

    • ukjaybrat
      7:31 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      well he sure as hell made some money from all your visiting/posting on his website… so does that make you a turd person ?

    • theWilkman
      11:09 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

      Ground Control lives on this site. He sure likes to dog Matt a lot for someone who can’t keep his hands off Matt’s jock.

  14. catsarerunnin
    7:32 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

    We turd people rule the world!! Shitty deal for you huh????

  15. RealCatsFan
    7:53 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

    Do any of the Duke one-and-dones come back there to complete their degree? That would be the only way that academic standing would come into play, unless he plans to stay for more than one year. UK has successfully recruited highly intelligent kids before – Brandon Knight and Karl Towns werr both excellent students. Sure hope we get Mo.

  16. wildcatfan20
    11:42 am April 21, 2017 Permalink

    Man, it is really a bummer that even KSR is getting flooded with trolls and fans that don’t respect each others opinions. Guys, KSR is for the BBN…the arguments, name-calling, and tantrums don’t look good on any of us. We should be sticking together and supporting the school and kids.

  17. bigbluebear
    2:36 pm April 21, 2017 Permalink

    Wasn’t Mitch McGary a 5 star?