Mohamed Bamba
Team: ProScholars Cardinals, HS Senior
PhysicalsPositions Misc
H: 7' 0"
W: 207 lbs
Bday: 05/12/1998
(18 Years Old)
Current: PF
NBA:   PF
Possible: PF
High School: Westtown School
Hometown: Harlem, NY

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2016Nike Basketball AcademyNA7' 0.5"2117' 9.5"NANANANA
2016USA BasketballNA6' 11.5"2077' 9"9' 6"NANANA
2015USA BasketballNA6' 11"2057' 8"NANANANA
2015Nike Skills AcademyNA6' 11.5"1967' 8"NANANANA
2015Nike Elite 1006' 10"NA1957' 8"NANANANA
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2016Nike Basketball AcademyNA7' 0.5"2117' 9.5"NANANANA
2016USA BasketballNA6' 11.5"2077' 9"9' 6"NANANA
2015USA BasketballNA6' 11"2057' 8"NANANANA
2015Nike Skills AcademyNA6' 11.5"1967' 8"NANANANA
2015Nike Elite 1006' 10"NA1957' 8"NANANANA

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USA Basketball Junior Nat'l Team Mini-Camp Scouting Reports: Big Men
October 10, 2015

Mohamed Bamba, 6-11, Center, New York, Class of 2017

Jonathan Givony

Strengths
-Absolute physical specimen of a human being. Measured 6'11 in shoes, with a ridiculous 7'8 wingspan. Also has gigantic hands
-Very thin at the moment, but has big shoulders and should have very little problem filling out his frame long term
-Impressive athlete, even though he's nowhere close to reaching his full potential physically
-Mobile and agile. Can run the floor and elevate quickly around the basket
-Excellent finisher around the basket. Has good hands and barely needs to jump to dunk
-Has enormous potential defensively with combination of size, length and instincts
-Can get in a low stance and move his feet. Steps out to the perimeter impressively. Contests shots from 10 feet away seemingly.
-Great potential as a rebounder. Gets to loose balls that most players can't dream of
-Has a bit of an edge to him. Likes to compete
-Articulate and intelligent off the court

Weaknesses
-Feel for the game is a work in progress. Lacks significant strength and experience. Has a long ways to go still
-Very raw offensively. Doesn't have any real ability to score inside the post. Lacks significant lower body strength so can't establish any type of position or back anyone down, even players much smaller than him. Wants to dribble every time he catches it
-Doesn't really know how to utilize his athleticism. Looks somewhat awkward with his movements at times. Still at a very early stage of his development physically
-Confidence, motor tends to waver. Goes through spurts where he doesn't play as hard as he should. Gets down on himself easily.

Outlook: Extremely raw, but had arguably the highest upside of any player in attendance. Really struggled the first day, but came back strong and showed some very impressive things in the second and last day of the Camp. Will draw some inevitable comparisons to Rudy Gobert.

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Mohamed Bamba USA Basketball Junior National Team Mini-Camp Interview
October 4, 2015

A video interview with one of the top prospects in high school basketball, Mohamed Bamba at the USA Basketball Junior National Team Mini-Camp in Colorado Springs.


-De'Aaron Fox USA Basketball Junior National Team Mini-Camp Interview
-USA Basketball Junior National Team Mini-Camp Preview

-Mohamed Bamba Scouting Report, Measurements and More.

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Nike Academy Scouting Reports: Elite High School Prospects
June 30, 2015

Mike Schmitz

Harlem-born, with Ivory Coast roots, big man Mohamed Bamba and his 7' 8 wingspan took scouts and media members by storm at the Nike Academy, as his mere physical profile made him the most intriguing long-term prospect at the camp.

With the size and length of most premiere NBA shot blockers and the potential (albeit raw) skill set to play as a stretch four down the road, Bamba is a tantalizing prospect that will be followed closely as he continues to develop both physically and skill-wise. Sporting a reported 9' 5 standing reach, Bamba already has the length to be an elite rim protector as his instincts and reaction time continue to improve. For perspective, Bamba's reported 9' 5 standing reach would be the 2nd highest measurement among NBA Combine invitees in the last five years, second to only Rudy Gobert (9' 7) and tied with Robert Upshaw.

It's not just Bamba's length that makes him so intriguing, however. Although he's still getting used to his long limbs, Bamba moves with very good fluidity as he's able to run the floor and spin effortlessly for a player his size. Bamba shows very nice touch and mechanics from the perimeter and is fairly comfortable handling the ball evident by his ability to grab a rebound on one end and push the ball in transition.

While the physical tools and potential skill set are tremendous, Bamba is still extremely raw on both ends of the floor. He doesn't have great fundamentals defensively and often leaves much to be desired in the reaction time/twitch and motor department.

Bamba also has a tendency to get down on himself and hang his head after mistakes, although that can be common for some players his age. Although he's only 196 pounds, Bamba plays with a level of toughness you don't usually see out of player as thin as he is. He's not afraid to mix it up on the interior and, although it only comes in spurts, has some edge to him that could be beneficial down the road.

Bamba is far from a polished prospect on both ends of the floor. How his body fills out will play a bit role in how he's able to mature as a prospect, as will the development of his skills and overall basketball instincts. Only time will tell what Bamba will turn into, but it wasn't tough to tell that he has as high of a ceiling as any player at the Nike Academy.

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