Former Texas center Mo Bamba played against blue-blood teams like Duke and Kansas in his one season with the Longhorns, but it was Kansas State’s Dean Wade that stuck out the most in his mind.
Bamba was part of a series of likely lottery picks that Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic interviewed. Bamba was asked who his toughest competitor was in college, and he didn’t hesitate in picking Wade:
“I’d say one of the toughest players that I played against as far as just scouting, like, this was the first player that I looked at as far as tendencies and seeing what he does, is [Kansas State’s] Dean Wade. I’m not sure if you guys are familiar with him, but he’s really good. He’s super talented. He’s about 6-foot-9 but can really move, and it was a challenge defensively.”
In two games against the Longhorns, Wade scored 16 and 13 points as Kansas State won both. He was named to the second team All-Big 12 and helped lead the Wildcats to an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Bamba will most likely go in the top 10 of the NBA draft, and he’s played some incredible talents in college. If he thinks Wade was his toughest competition, that’s a great sign for Kansas State.