Shaka Smart has landed his biggest recruit yet for the Texas Longhorns. The nation's No. 2 player, big man Mohamed Bamba revealed Thursday morning that he's committed to the Longhorns.
Bamba revealed the decision in a Player's Tribune piece. He picked the Longhorns over his other final schools: Duke, Kentucky and Michigan. Bamba will replace the departed Jarrett Allen, with Bamba saying how Allen improved this year was a big reason for picking Texas.
"I can’t say enough about the strides my friend Jarrett Allen made this past year," Allen wrote. "I saw his footwork improve. I saw the spots they put him in: where he was shooting, passing and stretching the paint like a modern five. Most importantly, I saw his confidence grow throughout the season as he distinguished himself as a possible lottery pick. I’m thankful for the blueprint he laid down and I hope to follow in his footsteps."
Bamba hails from New York, where he's the No. 1 player in the state. Bamba is the No. 1 power forward in the country and the No. 2 player. Bamba stands 7-feet tall, weighing 216 pounds. A highlight reel of Bamba is embedded below.
The addition of Bamba propels Texas into the top five in the 2017 recruiting class rankings. Bamba joins four four-star recruits, two of whom are in the Top 50. All five Texas recruits are in the Top 100 nationally this year.
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