It was bad news for the Wildcats.
On Saturday morning, Duke received a commitment from Jordan Tucker, a small forward ranked among the top 50 recruits in this class. Even if Bamba jumps to the pros after one year, he will help the Longhorns push up the Big 12. In the end, Texas won out.
"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.
Bamba, in a post on The Players' Tribune, explained why he waited until now to make his decision and detailed all the reasons why he chose Texas over traditional powerhouses Kentucky and Duke. "We instantly formed a bond". "He's as unique a person and player as I've been around".
Of Smart, Bamba said, "His attention to detail is truly unbelievable". "I saw his footwork improve".More news: Brazil crisis deepens with probe of president, top senator
The Texas basketball program is going to be one to watch during the 2017-18 season. With a 7'9 wingspan, Bamba has been measured with longer arms than any player now in the National Basketball Association. According to most recruiting analysts, he was likely headed to Kentucky.
"I can't say enough about the strides my friend Jarrett Allen made this past year", Bamba wrote.
"He has so much to offer", Westtown coach Seth Berger said. It's unfair that a 7-foot kid moves like that.
A little over one week ago, Bamba said he wasn't close to making a decision.
United Kingdom will also have plenty of other frontcourt options. Jones was a McDonald's All-American in 2016 and could be poised for a breakthrough season as a sophomore.