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Thursday / July 16.
  • By ADAM ZAGORIA & TODD ZUCKERMAN

    JERSEY CITY, N.J.Louis King’s recruitment continues to escalate.

    King, a 6-foot-8 wing who plays for Hudson (N.J.) Catholic and runs with Team Final on the Nike EYBL circuit, recently added offers from Texas Christian and Arizona State.

    A bevy of big-time programs remain in pursuit of King, the No. 6-ranked small forward in 2018 according to 247Sports.com.

    “Since I’ve been on the EYBL circuit, I’ve been back and forth with Kentucky, Oregon, UCLA, N.C. State, Miami,” he said Wednesday night at a Northeast Basketball Club run at Hudson Catholic.

    “I might cut it down during the high school season.”

    King has talked a lot with Kentucky assistant Joel Justus and said recently, “I know they get guys to The League. They had Isaiah Briscoe and Malik Monk and a lot of great players in that program. So going to that program is like a privilege.”

    UConn has received a signed National Letter of Intent from Isaiah Whaley, who will join the men’s basketball program for the 2017-18 season, head coach Kevin Ollie announced on Thursday.

    Whaley, a 6-foot-9, 195-pound forward from Gastonia, N.C., is coming from a prep school year at Mt. Zion Prep in Baltimore. He joins an incoming UConn class that includes five newcomers.

    “Isaiah is a long, active player who will bring us great energy,” Ollie said. “He gives us some more depth on the front line and I look forward to him coming in and fighting for playing time during his freshman year.”

    Whaley averaged just over 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks per game for Mt. Zion, playing his best games against some of the finest prep school competition in the country and helping the team to a 27-10 record.

    Mohamed Bamba has signed with Texas.

    The 6-foot-11 Harlem native from the Westtown (PA) School and the PSA Cardinals AAU program spurned Kentucky, Duke and Michigan to play for Shaka Smart and the Longhorns.

    “I’ve decided to attend the University of Texas,” he wrote on the Players’ Tribune. “I will be heading there in early June to get to work.”


    Bamba is the No. 3-ranked player in the Class of 2017 per ESPN.com and is the projected No. 4 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft per DraftExpress.com.

    He is the fourth signee in program history ranked as one of the nation’s top two recruits, joining Avery Bradley (No. 1 by ESPN in 2009), Kevin Durant (No. 2 by Rivals in 2006) and Myles Turner (No. 2 by ESPN in 2014).

    “I’m extremely excited that Mo has chosen Texas,” Smart said. “He’s as unique a person and player as I’ve been around. Mo’s combination of talent, intellect and ability to impact others will make him a catalyst in our program and on our campus from day one.”

    He added: “Mo’s personality and dynamic skill-set fit extremely well with the other members of our incoming class as well as our returning players,” Smart added. “I’m very excited about our team composition and the way in which our guys will complement each other. There’s no question that Mo will make everyone around him better, both on and off the court.”

    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. He also played for Team USA in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit (April 7). In addition, Bamba earned a spot on the 2017 Naismith Trophy High School All-America first team and was one of five finalists for the Naismith National High School Player of the Year.

    Bamba averaged 12.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game in his senior season (2016-17) while leading Westtown School to a 32-2 mark and a second consecutive Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association state title. As a junior, he averaged 14.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 6.0 blocks per game in pacing Westtown to the state championship. He also helped Westtown register a 26-6 record in his sophomore season in 2014-15.