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Top unsigned recruit Mohamed Bamba announces he is going to Texas

cliddy@newsobserver.com

Mohamed Bamba, the No. 2 recruit in the nation, has decided to go to Texas over Duke and others, he announced on the Players’ Tribune Thursday morning.

Bamba, a 6-11, 207-pound five-star forward, was the highest rated recruit who had not yet signed. He is ranked No. 2, according to 247sports’ composite rankings.

Bamba chose Texas over Duke, Kentucky and Michigan. Bamba is one of the final prospects to choose a school. The deadline to sign a national letter of intent was Wednesday. Bamba will likely sign a financial aid agreement with Texas.

Efforts to reach Bamba through a former coach and mentor Thursday were unsuccessful. His high school coach, Seth Berger, declined to comment on Wednesday.

“Coach Shaka Smart may not have been aware of it, but I put him through a weeklong job interview last summer when he coached me on Team USA in Valdivia, Chile,” Bamba wrote in the article. “We instantly formed a bond.”

Bamba wrote that academics were a big priority in his decision. He plans to go to Texas’ School of Business.

Bamba visited Duke in February and attended its home game against Florida State. He sat with the Cameron Crazies.

But when Duke freshman forward Marques Bolden decided he would stay at Duke for another year, it created doubts as to where Bamba would fit in that lineup.

Duke will also have Wendell Carter next season, the No. 4 overall prospect and a 6-10, 262-pound forward. Kentucky was thought to be favorites for Bamba, according 247sports’ crystal ball predictions, but he ultimately chose Texas.

Bamba isn’t the first recruit to choose Texas over the Duke. Oak Hill four-star point guard Matt Coleman committed to Texas in January. Duke was his other top choice.

Jonathan M. Alexander: 919-829-4822, @jonmalexander

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