Welcome to the world of elite basketball recruiting, which is, in so many ways, just like dating.
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This suite, in its own building, has a king-size bed and an extra twin bed, with a fireplace and a private ground-floor terrace.
NEW YORK — The denouement of the 2016–17 college basketball season offered a misleading window into the state of team building at the highest levels of the sport.
1 ranked player, 7-foot center De Andre Ayton of California.
In that game, Bamba had 13 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks to Ayton’s seven points, nine rebounds, one block and three steals. 1) is something I’ve been shooting for,” Bamba says.
There was only one other likely first-rounder, North Carolina junior Justin Jackson, but his draft stature was less about untapped potential than hard-earned improvement, the sort of year-to-year leap few veterans leverage into major draft bumps these days.
If there is one thing Mohamed Bamba hasn’t done up to this point, it’s make a decision without putting some thought behind it.
For those who care about recruiting and Indiana, it means Indiana coach Tom Crean and assistant coach Chcuk Martin go wherever Bamba does. Anyway, when the recruiting competition is brutally fierce, dominated by the likes of Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Arizona, Louisville, Connecticut, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Harvard (yes, Harvard) and more, you’d better show all the love you can, which means attending every NCAA sanctioned event that features Bamba (that included last month’s Nike EYBL stop in Westfield), showing up for in-school workouts, calling, texting and whatever else rules allow.
Bamba is aware of all the attention, but especially during games, pays no attention because, he says, “It’s business out there.” He’s not joking. 3 in the country in the Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, and has every intention of reaching No. In fact, at Westfield’s Jonathan Byrd Fieldhouse last month, he made an impressive case by outplaying the No.
The dark red facades of the main house and the stables, the immense tree-shaded grounds and the warm, attentive service make this a unique, magical place.
A polo team practices on the field next door, and the rooms, fittingly, are named after famous horses.
Communicating is natural, and by his measure, it’s a skill that he may expand on in life after basketball.