On Thursday evening, Mohamed Bamba became the latest former Texas Longhorns star to hear his name called in the NBA draft, as the Orlando Magic selected him with the No. 6 overall pick.
A former 5-star McDonald’s All-American, Bamba spent just one season with Texas and provided plenty of flashes of his NBA upside throughout his short time on the Forty Acres.
An elite rim protector with a 7-foot-10 wingspan — now the longest in the NBA — Bamba blocked 3.7 shots per game last season, which ranked second nationally. Bamba also averaged 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest, which allowed the Harlem, N.Y., native to lead the Big 12 in double-doubles (15). Bamba’s offensive upside has been questioned, but he’s spent the past few months working with renowned trainer Drew Hanlen, who has reconstructed Bamba’s shooting form in hopes of extending his range out to the perimeter.
With Bamba going No. 6 overall, he becomes the 17th former Longhorns star selected in the first round and becomes the school’s highest draft pick since the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Tristan Thompson No. 4 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.
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