Bamba emerges

POTOMAC, Md. -- Mohamed Bamba, a 2017 prospect, emerged at the Bullis Holiday Classic as a potential elite prospect.

Westtown (Pa.) was nestled in a back gym at the Bullis School Holiday Classic on Saturday with a small crowd looking on.

Based on Scout’s viewing the crowd watching Westtown, the school that recently produced Villanova standout Daniel Ochefu, will certainly increase over the next few years.

Westtown’s new prospect is sophomore Mohamed Bamba. In Westtown’s match up with Millwood, a school just outside of Richmond (Va.), it took just a few minutes to realize what kind of potential Bamba has.

At 6-foot-10, Bamba has a lengthy set of arms that reach 7-foot-3. He showed good mobility, moved his feet well, contested shots inside, flashed a good set of mitts and showed good touch around the basket.

“He obviously rebounds and blocks shots at a high-level,” Terrence Williams, who coaches Bamba on the PSA Cardinals, told Scout following the game. “Defensively he’s right where he needs to be. He can also hit a 15-footer and even stretch it out to a three.”

Just a 2017 prospect, it’s easy to see that Bamba’s best basketball days are ahead of him. It’s obvious he needs to add strength, but he has elite upside because of his overall size, lengthy, mobility and offensive tools.

At this point, Bamba is known by majority of the schools in the Northeast, according to Williams. He currently has scholarship offers from James Madison, Penn State, Yale, Temple, Seton Hall and Rice.

Bamba, who spent his freshman season at Canaan (N.H.) Cardigan School has also picked up early interest from Miami, Villanova, Stanford, Virginia, Georgetown, Syracuse and Maryland and Fordham.

While it’s clearly early in his recruiting process, Bamba has taken unofficial visits to Villanova, Fordham and Yale.

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