Westtown's Mohamed Bamba ends suspense, commits to Texas

Westtown Friends' Mohamed Bamba was the leading scorer for the East team in the McDonald's All-American Game.

Mohamed Bamba’s much-awaited college destination was revealed Thursday morning.

The 6-foot-11, 210-pound senior forward from Westtown announced he had committed to Texas in an article he wrote for The Players’ Tribune.

Bamba, a five-star recruit according to ESPN.com, chose the Longhorns over runner-up Kentucky, Duke, and Michigan. “I’ll be heading there in early June to get to work,” he wrote.

Last season, the big man averaged 14 points, 12 rebounds, and eight blocked shots while leading the Moose to a 32-2 record and their second straight Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association title.

“He has so much to offer,” Westtown coach Seth Berger said. “He’s got intelligence, character, length, athleticism, and talent.”

The relationship Bamba developed with Texas coach Shaka Smart played a key part in his decision.

“Coach Smart may not have been aware of it, but I put him through a weeklong job interview last summer when he coached me on Team USA in Valdivia, Chile,” Bamba wrote about his participation on the under-18 national team. “We instantly formed a bond.”

In the McDonald's All-American Game in March, Bamba posted 17 points and five rebounds for the East squad in a 109-107 loss to the West.

Bamba, who is from New York's Harlem neighborhood, played three seasons at Westtown. “He’s 100 percent a one-and-done kid,” Berger said. “He’ll be a No. 1 or No. 2 pick in the 2018 NBA draft.”

Of Smart, Bamba said, “His attention to detail is truly unbelievable. I’ve seen first-hand how much he genuinely cares about me and my family and how’s he going to challenge me to be in a state of continuous improvement.”

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