Mo Bamba

#4 C Texas Longhorns – Freshman

Age: 20

Height: 6-11

Wingspan: 7-9

Weight: 225lbs

 

2017-2018 Season Average:

30.2MIN 12.9PTS 0.541FG% 0.5AST 10.5REB 0.8STL 3.7BLK 1.5TO

 

Strengths

  • Possesses unparalleled physical tools for a center standing at 6-11 with a wingspan of 7-9.
  • Strong shot blocker, able to erase shots in the air (3.7BLK/game)
  • Has shown strong rebounding instincts when defenders don’t pay attention to him after the shots goes up; makes use of offensive rebound to get easy points around the rim.
  • Threatens opposing big-men with the three-point and mid-range shot; shooting is part of offensive arsenal.
  • Fluid athlete; incredibly fast and agile in the open court
  • Underrated ball handling ability; Has exhibited willingness to take pull-up jumpers, pointing to a much wider range of offensive skills.
  • Incredible reach and lateral agility give Bamba strong advantage when switching onto smaller guards in pick and roll situations.

 

Weaknesses

  • Offensively raw at this point; only projects as a strong roll man at the next level
  • Doesn’t have strong scoring instincts at this point. Production predicates too heavily on hustle points; needs to exhibit a much more nuanced offensive skillset to threaten opposing NBA big men.
  • Strength could prove to be an issue against stronger and more experienced big man who can neutralize Bamba’s shot-blocking prowess.
  • Smaller players in college basketball have already given Bamba some difficulty scoring the basketball; expect this to continue at the next level.
  • Does not possess the strength needed to perform high-level low post maneuvers, often times spinning or shooting away from the basket.
  • While shot is essentially impossible to alter effectively, Bamba has not been able to knock down long-range shots efficiently; shoots with a hitch.

 

Observations

  • Has hinted underrated offensive potential with a handle and shot; however, his ability to translate these skillsets to the next level remains yet to be seen.
  • Could realistically become the next shot-blocking and three-point shooting NBA “unicorn”.
  • At this point, it is difficult seeing Bamba becoming a consistent threat on a night to night basis but is projected to be a strong defensive specialist.

 

Notable Performances

Vs. Kansas 22PTs (9-16) (1-2 3PM/3PA) 15REB 8BLK 4PF 0TO

 

Vs. Ole Miss 25PTS (6-8) (12-13 FTM/FTA) 15REB 4BLK 1PF 0TO

 

Vs. Tennessee State 4PTS (1-8) 7REB 4BLK 3PF 1TO

 

 

 

 

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