Mohamed Bamba's commitment to Texas a win for college basketball

S The highest-ranked recruits in the history of Texas Longhorns basketball Texas head coach Shaka Smart just landed 6-foot-11 Mo Bamba who is ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the nation. That puts Bamba in an elite group with the

Mo Bamba, who is ranked as the No. 2 overall recruit in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports, waited until almost the last minute to make his college choice, but he was worth the wait for Texas and Shaka Smart.

The 2017-2018 college basketball season is still a ways away, but the landscape has been drastically altered by the commitments of some of the nation's top high school players over the past week. He picked Texas over college basketball blue bloods Duke and Kentucky.

In his letter, the Harlem (New York) native said he bonded with Shaka Smart when he played under the Texas coach on Team USA (U18) last summer.

Bamba (6-11, 220), a forward from Westtown School (West Chester, Pa.) who played under coach Seth Berger, is ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, No. 2 by Scout.com and No. 3 by ESPN.

Bamba revealed the decision in a Player's Tribune piece. Now, the tables have turned, and I'm the one interviewing with him, hoping to show I can play a major role in his team's success next season.

The post, titled Ready to Rock, explains Bamba's thought process through his entire recruitment, and a lengthy explanation as to why he ultimately chose the Longhorns.

Arizona is going to enter the 2017-18 season as one of the country's top teams, a legitimate national title contender and maybe Sean Miller's best chance yet to reach the Final Four (and yes, that last part has been said plenty of times before).

Bamba capped an illustrious scholastic career when he became the 19th player in UT program history to participate in the McDonald's All-American Game (March 29) and the 15th player in school history to play in the Jordan Brand Classic (April 14) earlier this spring.

Bamba also cited the educational opportunities at Texas - even while he addresses the fact that he's expected to be a one-and-done college player - and the development he saw in his friend Jarrett Allen in Allen's one season at Texas before he declared for the NBA Draft. "He came into basketball late". No one moves like him.

United Kingdom will also have plenty of other frontcourt options.

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