The nation’s No. 2 basketball recruit is finally off the board.
Five-star power forward Mohamed Bamba was the biggest prize left on the market in the class of 2017, until this morning. Kentucky was reported to be the other strong contender for his services.
Bamba announced his commitment to Texas in a first-person piece on The Players’ Tribune moments ago.
Here is an excerpt from it:
Everybody’s recruiting process is unique in some way, and mine was no different. Watching my family grow and solidify its bond was by far my favorite part of the experience. The world is bigger than 94 by 50 feet, and we all agreed that Texas offers me an exceptional opportunity to blaze my own trail on the basketball front with the comfort of knowing that no matter what happens, I’ve got an unrivaled support network to lean on for whenever the ball stops bouncing.
With the commitment of Bamba, Texas basketball solidifies one of the top classes in the country. The big man joins four-star guards Matt Coleman and Jase Febres and four-star forwards Royce Hamm and Jericho Simms.
This season is a critical one for the Longhorn program and head coach Shaka Smart. Texas had a miserable 11-22 record in 2016-17, so they will be counting on these new additions to contribute to a turnaround.