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Tuesday / May 22.
  • Mohamed Bamba posts ridiculous 7-foot-10 wingspan at NBA Combine

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Mohamed Bamba’s measurements at the NBA Draft Combine surely have NBA decision-makers intrigued.

    The one-and-done star from Harlem, N.Y., and Texas posted a 7-foot-10 wingspan, the longest at the Combine, three inches more than Kansas freshman Udoka Azubuike and almost five inches more than Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr.

    Historically speaking, Bamba has a longer wingspan than Rudy Gobert, Hassan Whiteside and JaVale McGee.

    The 7-foot Bamba averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks during his lone season in college.

    Still, he told ESPN he’s “totally changed” his shooting mechanics since his time at Texas.

    “Oh, everything,” he said on air Thursday. “I’ve lowered my shooting pocket, jumping forward, keeping my elbow out instead of tucked in. My mechanics are really coming along.”

    He added: “I think I’m going to surprise a lot of people with how much feel I have on the offensive end.”

    Bamba told ESPN he’s so far done 13 interviews at the Combine.

    “I just wanted to get a feel for everyone,” he said. “The same way how they’re interviewing me is the same way how I wanted to interview them, and get as much information as possible.”

    He’s currently projected as the No. 5 pick to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Draft, and like Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown, Bamba is going through the Draft process without an agent.

    Bamba is also expanding his business interests as he heads to the NBA. He’s the Chairman and Founder of Lenox Partners, the umbrella business that Bamba founded with mentor Greer Love to handle all of his various interests.

    “Bamba’s rare combination of length, shot-blocking instincts and offensive promise gives him one of the highest ceilings of any prospect in this draft,” ESPN’s Jonathan Givony wrote.

    “He brings a ton of defensive potential, including the versatility to step out onto smaller players, though he also can float at times and doesn’t always look engaged on the floor.”

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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.