Finalists coming soon for big-time PSA Cardinals trio

A pair of five-star prospects and a four-star prospect are closing in on cutting down their list of schools. See where Indiana stands as decisions near.

Decisions are coming soon for three major 2017 prospects.

Five-star center Mohamed Bamba, five-star wing Brandon Randolph and four-star forward Deng Gak are all are close to cutting their lists.

“All those guys feel comfortable with how Indiana’s been recruiting them,” PSA Cardinals coach Terrance Williams told Peegs .com. “They’ve been on alert that Indiana wants all those three guys.

“I think the goal for those guys is to cut their list down to 10 at some point in August. I think once they get through July, they’ll down for a couple of days or a week. They can start evaluating which schools have prioritized them and go from there.

“I think all three will cut their list at some point in August.”

The 6-foot-11 Bamba, ranked No. 2 in the country by Scout.com, returned from an ankle injury with 21 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots while facing 7-foot-1 Zach Brown as the PSA Cardinals beat Nike South Beach 89-79.

“I expect Mohamed to dominate,” Williams said. “He’s one of the best bigs in the country. Mentally he can affect the game. Physically he can affect the game. 

“He doesn’t have to dominate with just scoring. He can rebounds, block shots, run the floor, anchor the defense. I expect those things from him in the Peach Jam. I expect good to great things from him.”

Randolph and Bamba are teammates in AAU as well as at Westtown (Pa.) in high school.

The 6-foot-5 Randolph is ranked No. 9 nationally in 2017 by Scout.com.

He had 24 points, including going 7-for-12 form the free throw line, Wednesday night. He had a big-time battle with four-star scoring guard Chaundee Brown.

“Brandon is a guy who can consistently find ways to motivate himself. Not being able to play in the Peach Jam last year due to his injury (leg), he’s trying to seize the moment and be right in the mix and not let anything go away from him.

“I think for him, it’s going to be a big-time stage, and he’s prepared himself for it the last couple years, and I think he’ll show everyone he’s one of the better two guards in the country.”

Gak is a 6-foot-11 power forward ranked No. 82 nationally in 2017 by Scout.com.

“His confidence is coming,” Williams said. “He’s been able to go through the gauntlet of a 16-game EYBL season. He’s been to some camps and done well. He’s been better in practice.

“He understands what he can do at this level and understands what he needs to improve on for the next stage of his personal career.”

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