Mohamed Bamba #11 of the boys east team blocks Michael Porter Jr. #1 of the boys west team during the 2017 McDonalds's All American Game on March 29, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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Mohamed Bamba cites business school, Shaka Smart and Texas alumni as reasons for commitment

Posted May 18th, 2017


Thursday morning, five-star center Mohamed Bamba committed to Texas and Shaka Smart for the 2017-18 season via an announcement on The Players’ Tribune website.

Bamba cited many reasons for wanting to play for the Longhorns in his write-up starting with his relationship with head coach Shaka Smart.

“His attention to detail is truly unbelievable — I can’t tell you how many times he picked up on something I mentioned in passing and brought it back full circle several months later. 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.”

Mohamed Bamba goes up for a dunk during the 2017 McDonald’s All American games POWERADE Jam Fest on March 27, 2017 at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Bamba goes on to describe in detail many other reasons. Here’s a sampling of them:

On the education he’ll receive at Texas:

“I feel especially fortunate to explore my academic interests within the McCombs School of Business, one of the nation’s top undergraduate BBA programs. Learning from world-class professors and classmates in Austin, a city that’s renowned for tech and innovation, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

On Jarrett Allen’s year on the 40 Acres:

“I can’t say enough about the strides my friend Jarrett Allen made this past year. I saw his footwork improve. I saw the spots they put him in — where he was shooting, passing and stretching the paint like a modern five.”

On the Texas alumni:

“Oh, and that alumni network — man, the Horns are everywhere! I can see and feel their passion and I’m excited about aligning myself with them for a lifetime of support and learning. I’ve seen firsthand the power of this from my time at Westtown and Cardigan Mountain.”

For more details on his reasons he cites for committing to Texas including weather, the conditioning program at Texas and more of his thoughts on Texas’ academics, read the entire Tribune article here.

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