Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A slew of coaches are expected in Friday to watch Mohamed Bamba, a 6-foot-11 2017 star out of Westtown (Pa.) School and the PSA Cardinals AAU program.
Coaches from Kentucky, Indiana, Arizona, Temple, Villanova, Maryland, UConn, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Providence, St. John’s, Penn State and Rice are expected, PSA Cardinals coach Terrance “Munch” Williams confirmed. Andrew Slater of 247Sports.com was the first to report it.
Bamba recently visited St. John’s, Wake Forest and Duke after a big summer in which he picked up offers from numerous schools, including Kentucky and Duke. The Harlem native is now ranked No. 8 in the Class of 2017 by ESPN.com and No. 4 by Scout.com.
“I attribute that to all the hard work I’ve done in the gym,” Bamba told Scout.com during the recent Nike Select visit to the Bahamas. “I’m just not known nationally now for no reason. Everything happens for a reason, and I worked for it. I think I worked for it.”
He added: “My motor now is outstanding and if I get that to a high level there’s no telling what I can do.”
As for the Duke offer, he said, “It’s a great offer to have, I’m happy to get any offer.”
As for St. John’s, they are targeting him in the Class of 2017 along with point guard Trevon Duval and combo guard Hamidou Diallo, among others.
Bamba told Scout he has no plans to make a college decision anytime soon.
“No, not even close,” he said. “Not even close.”
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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.