The recruitment of Mohamed Bamba is the biggest storyline around Kentucky Basketball right now.
This week, Bamba is focusing on the Jordan Brand Classic, which has him competing against the nation’s best in the 2017 class. That’s part of why he’s not focusing on his recruitment much, and it sounds like a decision may not come anytime soon, at least based on what he told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello:
Mo Bamba said he still doesn't have a timeline for a decision. "Just thinking. Just waiting it out and seeing what's best for me." Kentucky, Texas, Duke and Michigan make up his final four.
That would seem to indicate Bamba is waiting to see what happens with the remaining schools he’s considering. Kentucky’s frontcourt is a little thinner now that Isaac Humphries is off to the pros, and it gets dangerously thin if Bam Adebayo stays in the NBA Draft.
Bamba will likely wait to see what Bam does, being that they both want to play the 4 spot next season. Bamba wants to be a face-up 4 vs a back to the basket 5, and making that possible at Kentucky has been one of John Calipari’s biggest selling points. That’s why it’s hard to see both Bam and Bamba on the roster next season, but Kentucky desperately needs at least one of them to be a title contender next season.
It certainly helps that Nick Richards, who is projected to be Kentucky’s starting center next season, is working to make sure Bamba is alongside him in the same frontcourt.
Nick Richards told me he's Working on Mo Bamba to UK. Said nobody would score lay ups on UK with them both there.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 12, 2017
Last week at the Nike Hoop Summit, Bamba was one of the best players on the floor and could be in contention to be the top prospect in 2017, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels.
During the USA practices, especially the Thursday night scrimmage, which featured local standouts and former NBA player Steve Blake, Mohamed Bamba and Missouri pledge Michael Porter were the most impressive prospects on the court. With 100+ scouts and a handful of NBA General managers looking on, Bamba, who has a 7-9 wingspan, impacted the scrimmage with his length. He ran the court for easy finishes, protected the rim and rebounded in and out of his area.
Bamba and Porter are in the conversation with DeAndre Ayton as the top prospect in the country.
As of now, I’d guess Bamba makes his decision sometime after the NBA Combine, which takes place in Chicago from May 9-14.