5-star forward Mohamed Bamba picks Texas over UK

In News by Blake Lovell

The long-awaited decision from 5-star power forward Mohamed Bamba is here, and it’s not one that’ll make Kentucky fans all that happy.

Bamba announced via The Players’ Tribune that he has committed to Texas:

The Wildcats were the popular choice to land Bamba, but Shaka Smart managed to pull in his fifth player ranked at four stars or higher in the 2017 class.

Lovell’s Analysis:

Before anyone starts to freak out regarding how this affects Kentucky’s potential, let’s keep this in mind:

John Calipari still has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country and a handful of 5-star players on their way to Lexington.

Bamba is an excellent player that would have certainly added an impactful element to Kentucky’s already stellar frontcourt, but even without him, there’s a lot to like about this Kentucky team.

Power forward P.J. Washington and center Nick Richards are Top 20 players, as are fellow forwards Kevin Knox and Jarred Vanderbilt.

Let’s also remember that Kentucky is firmly in the mix for Pitt graduate transfer Cam Johnson. He averaged 11.9 points per game last season and would add even more depth to Calipari’s loaded roster.

As is always the case with Kentucky, building an on-court chemistry with all of the new faces will be the top priority for Calipari and company.

And just remember: Even without Bamba, this is still one of the best teams in the country.

Blake Lovell is the founder of Southeast Hoops. He hosts the Marching to Madness podcast, which features interviews with coaches around the country. He also hosts a weekly college basketball show on WNSR 560AM/95.9 FM in Nashville. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Athlon Sports, Rivals, FanRag Sports, and many more.