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Saturday / November 18.
  • NCAA clears Texas’ Mohamed Bamba

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    Incoming Texas big man Mohamed Bamba was cleared again by the NCAA after allegations surfaced from his half-brother Ibrahim “Abe” Johnson that Mohamed accepted cash and gifts from a mentor.

    “After evaluating all available information, the NCAA determined the assistance Greer Love provides to Mohamed Bamba does not violate rules,” the NCAA said. “Bamba remains certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center.”

    In a recent Facebook video, Johnson accused Love of providing Bamba money, vacations, and other extra benefits while steering him toward certain colleges with the aim of working with him later. (Bamba in May chose Texas over Kentucky, Duke and Michigan.)

    Johnson said that he hoped to become an NBA agent himself, and that he had intended to pursue graduate studies at Texas to that end while Bamba was in school. He said that while Bamba initially supported the idea of his brother joining him, he eventually told Johnson not to come to Texas. Johnson then apparently went public with the video as an act of retribution.

    “He’s not going to play this year in the NCAA because I already reported him to the NCAA and I’m already going to meet with the NCAA,” said Johnson, a former basketball player at Division II University of Montevallo. “He’s not going to play this year. I’m not going to lie to you. I exposed that kid.”

    The 6-foot-11 Bamba is projected as the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.