March 21st, 2018 at 4:23 PM ^

Should be able to go to the NBA, instead of wasting a year taking up classroom and roster space of someone someone who wanted to be there. I wonder how many classes he went to this semester and whether he’ll finish out this school year. The farce needs to stop. Nothing personal to him, he’s just a victim of the system.

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March 20th, 2018 at 5:19 PM ^

A hard maybe. There is way way too much unreachable potential with him. Will he be receptive? Impossible for those couch sitting ass eyes to say.. But my guess is the jelly takes are nothing more.. He wouldn't have been good here, he made good choice not coming, JB might just be letting him see the floor if at all. Let it go.


March 20th, 2018 at 5:42 PM ^

Did we watch the same Mo Bamba? He sure as hell ain't slow, and he'll put on weight when he gets in a legit weight and training program in the NBA. He has an 8 foot wingspan, which is the longest by far in the nba, he has great leaping ability and he's very athletic. I think his floor is Tyson Chandler, and his ceiling is a more mobile Rudy Gobert. 


March 20th, 2018 at 4:11 PM ^

I for one would want him in blue for TAMU.

I only saw him a few times but he is not rotation ready NBA. He needs to develop skills. I am usually all for guys going who will be drafted high but he needs development and the NBA is not the place for that.


March 20th, 2018 at 4:14 PM ^

People always say this. Of course the NBA is the place for the development. I can't imagine how more coaches focused specifically on your game, having no school distractions and playing against better competition every day could be good for development. Look how many big guys become much better shooters after a few years in the league, how much more in shape they get, the increased stamina, etc. The NBA develops players, you go to college to get into the nba, not to develop your game for it.


March 20th, 2018 at 4:33 PM ^

I think the narrative is that they are given a shorter leash to develop in the NBA. If they don’t develop quickly then they won’t get enough playing time to get better.
But I think what you are saying is probably more accurate.


March 20th, 2018 at 4:52 PM ^

The issue, allegedly, is that guys ride the bench and don't get game experience. But, as others have said, there's lots of important development that happens outside of games. The point is that a team isn't going to draft Bamba because he's rotation-ready. They'll draft him because with his physical tools he has the potential to become something special.

The longer he plays in college, the longer that special doesn't come out, the less likely they are to think that. 


March 20th, 2018 at 4:54 PM ^

You are way off! That’s the only reason Tre Burke is still in the league! Are you serious? Did you read or see his stats once from a G-league affiliate stat sheet? Tre Burke actually was brought back into the NBA, because of his increased knowledge of the point guard position. People sometimes just blow hard.


March 20th, 2018 at 4:53 PM ^

When you are out of the rotation, your game doesn't develop. That is why the NBA bought its own league. If you are good enough to make a seven or eight man rotation, you are right. I don't think Mo Bama is. He will languish on the bench. You can only devleop in the NBA if you are already good enough to get playing time, and I don't think he is. 

I agree that as a general matter guys shouldn't be forced to go to college in order to get to the NBA. 

I see some mock drafts have him in the top five. That being the case, I guess he has to go. 


March 20th, 2018 at 5:01 PM ^

Most guys aren't ready for big minutes coming out of college, especially in terms of understanding the intracacies of NBA defense. In any case, your game absolutely can develop while not playing. There are all sorts of things an individual player can improve while not playing, plus you have far more time to work on your craft while not being (or depending on the school, pretending to be) a student. In any case, a high draft pick is likely going to a team that will be bad the following year too, so they'll  have an incentive to play young guys more.


March 20th, 2018 at 4:12 PM ^

I'm sure all three Texas basketball fans are content in the fact that even though they didn't win a tournament game, at least they got Bamba to go there for a year instead of Ann Arbor, while Michigan has to console itself with a lousy conference tournament title and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen (and a win in Austin, but who's counting?).