Mohamed Bamba NBA Combine 2018: Measurements, Analysis and Draft Projection

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2018

Texas forward Mohamed Bamba (4) runs up court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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University of Texas center Mohamed Bamba recorded the longest wingspan (7'10") Thursday among the participants at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine at Quest Multisport in Chicago.

Here's the full list of his other measurements, via NBA.com:

Height without Shoes: 6'11 ¼"

Height with Shoes: 7' ¾"

Weight: 225.6 pounds

Body Fat Percentage: 6.20

Hand Length: 9 ¾"

Hand Width: 10 ¼"

Standing Reach: 9'7 ½"

Bamba put together a strong, albeit inconsistent, freshman season after arriving at Texas as a 5-star prospect and the No. 3 overall player in the 2017 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings. He averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks while shooting 54.1 percent from the field.

His draft stock is based more on his untapped potential than the player he is right now, though.

The 20-year-old New York City native is a high-end athlete who should be a reliable rim-protector and secondary offensive option right off the bat in the NBA. But he's continued to make positive strides toward becoming a more complete player.

Three-point shooting is one area of focus. He shot 27.5 percent from beyond the arc at Texas and is making a concerted effort to improve.

Draft Express spotlighted some of his pre-combine work:

DraftExpressContent @DXContent

Mo Bamba made 14 threes on the season, seems to have soft touch and might have more potential as a shooter than he demonstrated in college with @TexasMBB. He has good hands + will be able to space the floor vertically Here he is working with @DrewHanlen leading up to the combine https://t.co/w319GiG0EU

"My shot feels good," Bamba told John Gonzalez of The Ringer earlier this month. "I can't believe how much progress we've made in the last six weeks."

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman ranked Bamba at No. 7 in his latest big board last month and noted teams have concerns that extend beyond his offensive game.

"Scouts have questioned his toughness, which is an important quality for an interior-oriented player to have," Wasserman wrote. "Bamba ultimately sounds safer and more attractive in the Nos. 6-10 range then he does in the top five."

That range could bring him into the conversation for a big-market team like the Chicago Bulls (No. 7) or New York Knicks (No. 9). The Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 8) could also use a defensive-minded center, and they'd be a more attractive landing spot if LeBron James, a potential free agent, stays.

The good news for the Texas product is that his defensive impact should help him earn the regular playing time he needs to make the necessary adjustments in the seasons ahead.


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