Take 5: 2018 NBA Draft prospect Mo Bamba


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Texas Longhorns forward/center Mohamed Bamba (Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports).

Five things to know about former Texas Longhorns center Mo Bamba, one of Field Level Media’s Top 5 prospects in the 2018 NBA Draft:

1. Bamba weighs just 223 pounds, or about five pounds fewer than guard Doncic.

2. Bamba’s 94-inch wingspan is the longest ever recorded in the history of the NBA draft combine. The average doorway measures 34 inches wide. A standard multi-passenger SUV stands 74 inches, road to rooftop. Houston Rockets legend Yao Ming was 7-5. You get the picture.

3. He was the No. 2 recruit in the nation in the Class of 2017 and was widely believed to be on his way to Duke or Kentucky until head coach Shaka Smart snuck in to convince Bamba to give Texas a listen.

4. Bamba averaged 3.7 blocks per game at Texas. His standing reach of 9 feet, 6 inches means he can touch the base of the breakaway rim in most college gyms.

5. On his best vertical jump during a private workout for the Suns, Bamba hit the 12-foot-6 mark to Phoenix GM Ryan McDonough. That would be a few inches above the standard top of the backboard.

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