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Who's Up Next Player Profile: Freshmen C, Texas Mohamed Bamba

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Who's Up Next Player Profile: Freshmen C, Texas Mohamed Bamba

Rudy Gobert is one of the league’s most intimidating rim protectors, thanks in part to his gargantuan 7-foot-8 wingspan. At the tender age of 19, Mohamed Bamba spreads his wings and measures at 7-foot-9. And yes, if you need to read it again, 7-foot-9. What makes it more impressive is he isn’t just a tall stiff who lumbers around the basketball court, he actually knows how to use his length. During his lone season at Texas, he averaged a whopping 3.7 rejections per -- second in the nation. Not only does he ferociously protect the cup, sending ill-advised shots packing, the Harlem-bred center who rapper Sheck Wes once made a song about has the quickness to switch pick-and-rolls and stick with guards. On the offensive end, he’s extremely raw, but dig this, he has Charmin-like hands/touch around the rim and his range extends out to the 3-point line, making him a matchup nightmare in pick-and-pop/roll situations. Like any college prospect, he gets lost sometimes and his motor seems to wane, but get him in the right fit with the right coach and there’s no question, the lucky winner of the Mo Bamba sweepstakes will be rewarded handsomely with a perennial All-Star.