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Bohls: Could Mo Bamba be the next Bill Russell?

Posted March 28th, 2018

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Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items:

Could Mo Bamba be the next Bill Russell?

Mo Bamba has his sights set high. Rated one of the top five picks in the NBA draft, the extroverted Texas center on Tuesday said, “I definitely want to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. Absolutely, I do. There’s not a clear-cut No. 1 guy.” Asked about the Arizona big man who’s also being considered as the best lottery pick, Bamba said he beat Deandre Ayton’s teams three times in AAU or high school play. So is Bamba the next Bill Russell? Or is that way too fanciful? When asked what he’d think about getting drafted by the Dallas Mavericks, he said, “That’d be awesome.” But he added he “wouldn’t mind” getting drafted by his hometown New York Knicks. … He said he has “mixed emotions” about the one-and-done rule, but I think the NBA will change it to none-and-done before next season.

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+1 to Kerwin Roach testing NBA waters

Junior guard Kerwin Roach II is testing the NBA waters, which is smart, but unless NBA teams see more than his terrific athleticism, his length and his defensive efficiency, he really should come back for his senior season. He’s not that good a shooter, and he could work on being an elite defensive player like a Jevan Carter or an Avery Bradley.

Texas head coach Eddie Reese celebrates with his swimmers in the pool after winning the team title at the NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Give Eddie Reese his statue already

So when are they going to build that statue of Eddie Reese on the Texas campus? He just won his fourth consecutive and 14th overall national championship in men’s swimming and diving to go with 11 runner-up finishes. Of the Longhorns’ individual scorers, Reese will lose only 60 points of the team’s total of 449. Add that to arguably the top recruiting class in the country with talent like Matthew Willenbring, a local 7-foot freestyler who is coached by former Longhorn Brendan Hansen, and one of the top two national recruits in Drew Kibler from near Indianapolis. Matt Scoggin’s divers totaled 81 critical points for the meet without a single senior. Throw in the fact that Texas will host the NCAA championships next March, and Reese may well be keeping the Tower lit up.

For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his takes on Bubba Watson and the feedback he received from Mayor Adler in regards to MLS coming to Austin, click here.

 

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