The 2018 NBA Combine is only one day old, and Mohamed Bamba already has the basketball world buzzing. According to the NBA’s official measurements, Bamba measured out at a 7-foot-10 wingspan, giving him the longest wingspan in the history of the NBA Combine.
Bamba’s 7-foot-10 mark is three inches longer than the second-place mark, Kansas center Udoka Azubuike’s 7-foot-7. Needless to say, Bamba’s wingspan would be the longest of any player in the NBA. Bamba’s standing reach is also easily the biggest at the combine – at 9.75 feet, he can nearly touch the rim without even jumping.
Bamba’s wingspan is over a full inch taller than any other center in the NBA’s combine database. Before Bamba, only three players had ever cracked 7-foot-8 – current Utah Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert in 2013, former Mississippi State center John Riek in 2008, and 2006 No. 10 overall pick Mouhamed Saer Sene.
It was obvious that Bamba had freakish length at Texas, but adding this number to his resume could help boost his draft stock. Bamba has been considered a high lottery pick in the lead-up to the draft, and has been ranked as high as the No. 5 overall pick in mock drafts.
Bamba put that wingspan to good use in his one season at Texas. The 6-foot-11 center was one of the top freshmen in the country, averaging 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and a Big-12 best 3.7 blocks per game. Bamba earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors.
His exploits in college have led analysts to project Bamba as a future NBA All-Defensive selection. Bamba will find out his destination when the 2018 NBA Draft takes place on June 21.