Heralded Freshman Mo Bamba Leaving Texas to Declare for NBA Draft

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Heralded Freshman Mo Bamba Leaving Texas to Declare for NBA Draft

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Heralded Freshman Mo Bamba Leaving Texas to Declare for NBA Draft

After just one season at Texas, Bamba is headed for the NBA.

Days after losing to Nevada in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, University of Texas center Mohamed Bamba announced his intention to forego the remainder of his college career on the court and enter the upcoming NBA Draft.

Bamba, a former McDonald’s All-American and current Wooden Award Finalist, played one season under head coach Shaka Smart with the Longhorns, averaging 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. He also finished the season with 15 double-doubles and averaged 3.7 blocks per game, which was good enough to rank second nationally.

“After an incredibly rewarding year at The University of Texas, I will not be returning school as I will be entering the NBA Draft,” Bamba said in a statement released by the University.

During Shaka Smart’s post-game press conference in Nashville, the 6-11 Bamba walked in and hugged his head coach while he spoke to the media.

Bamba suffered a toe injury late in regular season leading into the Big 12 Tournament, forcing him to miss three games.  In his final game with Texas, he scored 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the loss to Eric Musselman’s Wolf Pack.

The NBA draft takes place on June 21st the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.  Bamba is projected to be a Top 5 selection in most mock drafts.

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