Mohamed Bamba #11 in action during the Jordan Brand Classic, National Boys Team All-Star basketball game at The Barclays Center on April 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Texas target Mo Bamba wants buildings ‘named after me at whatever university I go to’

Posted April 19th, 2017


The top uncommitted prospect in in the Class of 2017 wants to leave a lasting impact at whatever university he chooses.

College basketball writer Adam Zagoria profiled Mohamed Bamba, who lists Texas, Michigan, Duke and Kentucky as his final four schools, on and gives a in-depth look at the bright 6-foot-11-inch center originally from Harlem, N.Y.

Things to glean from the feature? Bamba has a big-picture view of what he wants to accomplish as he hopes to one day be an NBA global ambassador following a trip to China. He also speaks four African dialects, according to Zagoria, and jokes “I’m disappointed that my mom didn’t teach me French.”


One of the more telling quotes he said came when he spoke about the imprint he wants to leave at whichever school he chooses. Bamba’s recruitment has been a whirlwind the last year. Harvard was a serious option at one point, making his final six schools being eliminated with North Carolina. Bamba may be a “one-and-done” talent next season, but he said he wants a more lasting memory at the school he chooses:

It’s corny, but I really want to have buildings named after me at whatever university I go to and if I can do that in one year it means I had a great year.”

Bamba has been quiet on when he will announce his decision, but it’s believed Texas has emerged as one of his final two choices, although the recruit himself has not eliminated any school  just yet.


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