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Texas Freshman Mo Bamba Headed To NBA

Mo Bamba defending a Texas Tech player's shot.

LUBBOCK, TX - JANUARY 31: Zhaire Smith #2 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders goes up for a shot against Nohamed Bamba #4 of the Texas Longhorns during the game on January 31, 2018 at United Supermarket Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech defeated Texas 73-71 in overtime. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

A top college freshman is headed to the NBA. Just hours after Oklahoma star Trae Young announced his decision to leave school after just one year, another top freshman from the Big 12 is also leaving school early.

Mo Bamba announced his decision to enter the NBA Draft. "After an incredibly rewarding year at The University of Texas, I will not be returning school as I will be entering the NBA Draft," said Bamba in a statement.

Bamba entered college as the No. 3 recruit in the 2017 class behind Marvin Bagley of Duke and Michael Porter Jr. of Missouri. Now he's off the the NBA.

Bamba announced his commitment to Texas in a first-person piece on The Players' Tribune just over a year 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.

Bamba moves on from the Longhorns after disappointing season in which the team fell to Nevada in the NCAA tournament. The star freshman fouled out of his final collegiate game, then watched his team lose in overtime.

Bamba projects as a top pick in the 2018 NBA draft.