Duke Basketball: Blue Devils Offer 2017’s Mohamed Bamba

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The Duke basketball program continues to give out scholarship offers as Mohamed Bamba is the latest high school player to receive an invitation to join the Blue Devils.

Bamba is a 6’11”, 200-pound 5-star power forward in the class of 2017 who is ranked as the No. 2 power forward and No. 5 overall player in his class in the 247Sports Composite. Interestingly, Duke has also already extended an offer to Wendell Carter, the No. 1 ranked power forward in the 2017 class.

With an unbelievably long 7’8″ wingspan, Bamba has emerged as a player with massive potential, particularly on the defensive end, where he can guard multiple positions and protect the rim as a shot blocker.

A native of Harlem, New York, Bamba plays his high school basketball at the Westtown School – a boarding school in West Chester, Pennsylvania. According to Andrew Slater of 247Sports, the Duke coaches watched him on multiple occasions during the July live evaluation period – both at the Battle of the Borders in New Jersey and the Hardwood Classic in Kansas City.

He’s also already received offers from Kentucky, Arizona, Villanova, UConn, and numerous others.

The offer to Bamba now gives the Blue Devils seven players in the class of 2017 who’ve received offers. The other six are Trae Young (PG), Troy Brown (PG), Gary Trent Jr. (SG), D.J. Harvey (SG), Michael Porter Jr. (SF) and Wendell Carter Jr. (PF).

With the potential to have two one-and-done players in the 2016 recruiting class in Jayson Tatum and possibly Harry Giles, there will be a need for depth and players who can make an immediate impact in the 2017 class. Mohamed Bamba looks to be a guy who would definitely fit that description.

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David Aldridge

David Aldridge

David has been a die hard fan of Duke Basketball since the 1990's, when Coach K and the Blue Devils slapped the floor and made their way into his heart. During his playing days, David perfected his role on his basketball team as being the guy who would hold everyone on the bench back after a teammate would make a clutch shot. He once played N.C. State legend David Thompson in a game of H-O-R-S-E. David won.

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