Mohamed Bamba, the second-best recruit in the country according to 247Sports, has a basketball home.
Bamba, a 7-foot power forward from New York City, announced his commitment to Texas on Thursday morning. He was the final player in 247Sports’ Class of 2017 top 10 to choose a school.
In picking Texas, Bamba chose the Longhorns and coach Shaka Smart over his three other finalists: Kentucky, Duke and Michigan. According to 247Sports, along with being the second-best prospect in the nation, Bamba is the best power forward prospect in the nation, as well as the best prospect in New York.
Bamba also upset 247Sports’ predictions, as they projected he would commit to Kentucky.
To announce his commitment, Bamba took to The Players’ Tribune. He bypassed Twitter, which has become the norm.
So why the delay? Because it’s the biggest decision of his life, so far, he said.
“A wise man once told me that your college decision is an outright reflection of who you really are on the inside,” Bamba wrote in the article. “So before you know my decision, you gotta know who I am, where I come from and what I’ve done to get here.”
From there, he lists numerous reasons why he selected Texas, while comparing those reasons to a video he watched on the internet that compared the most important things in life to stones of different sizes.
The biggest stones, or the main reasons he chose Texas, were Coach Smart and his life beyond basketball. The regular stones, intermediate reasons, are how Texas can develop him as a player. Finally, the pebbles, or the little things, range from Texas being the school where his idol, Golden State forward Kevin Durant, played for a season to the weather.
“Everybody’s recruiting process is unique in some way, and mine was no different,” Bamba wrote. “Watching my family grow and solidify its bond was by far my favorite part of the experience.”
With Bamba’s commitment, only one other 5-star prospect remains: Brian Bowen. Michigan State is considered a finalist for Bowen, who lives in La Porte, Ind.