Texas finished in last place in the Big 12 last season but the Longhorns should take a major step forward this season, in large part due to freshman forward Mohamed Bamba. Listed at 6-11 and 225 pounds with a reported 7-9 wingspan, Bamba provides tremendous length and athleticism in Texas' frontcourt.

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He helped Westtown School (Pa.) to a 32-2 record last season while averaging 12.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game, which led to him earning a place on the 2017 Naismith Trophy High School All-America first team. Through his first two college games, Bamba is averaging 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game.

Bamba is an immediate-impact player defensively and on the boards, and he has enough touch around the rim to make him a threat offensively. There are few players in college basketball who can match Bamba's size, athleticism and versatility.

Andy Wittry has written for SI.com, Sporting News, the Indianapolis Star, Louisville Courier-Journal and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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