Mo Bamba was one of the most talented prospects in the country coming out of high school before coming to the University of Texas.
But apparently, given the opportunity, Bamba would’ve have skipped his year in the collegiate ranks in favor of going to the NBA draft. In an interview with ESPN, Bamba said that, although he valued his time with the Longhorns and said it was “pretty darn special,” he would’ve preferred to have gone pro.
“I could have had a year of NBA development and had a year head start,” Bamba said. “So, obviously, I would love to have that opportunity if it was there for me.”
The national conversation about the one-and-done rule is only intensifying, and the NCAA has a big decision to make. Star players like Bamba advocating for the ability to go straight to the pros out of high school will have an impact.
But Longhorns fans can look back at when players like Bamba and Kevin Durant were dominant as freshman with fondness.