The start of the April evaluation always provides the Scout basketball recruiting team with plenty of material and topics to debate, as it pertains to rankings.
One topic that is sure to come up when it’s time to revisit the list is which prospect should be ranked No. 1 overall. And one name that is firmly in the discussion is discussion is 7-foot post player Mohamed Bamba.
Bamba, of Westtown (Pa.) School, was nothing short of dominant through the first three games of the Nike EYBL session, which was held in Brooklyn on Saturday and Sunday.
One game in particular, Bamba matched up with Scout’s current No. 1 – DeAndre Ayton – and his AAU teammate and fellow 7-footer Brandon McCoy. Bamba went for 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting and also reeled in 12 rebounds, including five on the offensive end.
Bamba’s final game of the weekend came against The Rens. In the game, Bamba was an animal on the glass, reeling in 19 rebounds, while also scoring 16 points and connecting on all six of his field goals.
Bamba’s extreme length (7’8” wing) is a major factor. He impacts the game with deflections and blocked shots, but now he’s turning into a dominant rebounder and that wasn’t always the case. Through three games in EYBL, Bamba is leading the league with 15.7 boards a game.
Part of the reason he’s improved as a rebounder is he’s ramped up his energy level in the past year, but also because his body is filling out and he’s taken getting in the weight room seriously.
Offensively, Bamba has potential. His hands are terrific, as is his touch. He’s capable of facing up and making mid-range jump shots, which he did against The Rens. He also has a jump hook in his scoring arsenal. Bamba finished at 15 points per game on the weekend.
On the recruiting front, Bamba is still going through the process. He told Scout that he met with North Carolina's Roy Williams last week. Duke, Wake Forest, Harvard, Kentucky, Villanova and Indiana are among the other schools involved.