Texas lands top prep recruit Mohamed Bamba

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Mohamed Bamba - a 7-footer from Harlem, N.Y. - committed to Texas over fellow finalists UK, Duke and MI, ending one of the most-watched recruitments in the 2017 cycle.

The 2017-2018 college basketball season is still a ways away, but the landscape has been drastically altered by the commitments of some of the nation's top high school players over the past week. And one of my goals right now in life is to get better at making the right call despite having incomplete information. Bamba was ranked by Scout.com as the No. 2 overall prospect in that group, and few, if any, of his classmates got as much face time with UK Coach John Calipari over the past couple of years.

"He's literally a kid that if you put sports aside, he could have gone to school wherever he wanted to follow his academic pursuits, and that's a big part of why he's made a decision to come to Texas". He selected Texas over Kentucky, Duke, Michigan and Harvard. "He's as unique a person and player as I've been around".

The post, titled Ready to Rock, explains Bamba's thought process through his entire recruitment, and a lengthy explanation as to why he ultimately chose the Longhorns.

"Coach Smart may not have been aware of it, but I put him through a weeklong job interview last summer when he coached me on Team USA in Valdivia, Chile", Bamba wrote in The Players' Tribune. "Mo's combination of talent, intellect and ability to impact others will make him a catalyst in our program and on our campus from day one".

"I've seen firsthand how much he genuinely cares about me and my family and how he's going to challenge me to be in a state of continuous improvement".

With the addition of Bamba, Texas' five-man 2017 class moves to No. 3 in the recruiting class rankings.

As a senior, the 6-11 Bamba almost averaged a double-double with 12.8 points and 9.3 boards per game.

"When all was said and done, one school filled my decision jar the best", Bamba wrote.

Bamba, who is from New York's Harlem neighborhood, played three seasons at Westtown.

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