Status: UK target
Center | 7-0 | 210
School: Westtown School (Pa.)
Hometown: Harlem, N.Y.
Twitter: None

Rivals Scout ESPN 247Sports





      The very first recruit who John Calipari visited on the first day of the fall recruiting period was Bamba, a 7-footer with lots of upside who has already drawn Anthony Davis comparisons from the UK coach.
      Bamba is the nation’s top uncommitted recruit and he would provide some star power to what will be another No. 1 recruiting class at Kentucky. He has a 7-9 wingspan, 9-6 standing reach and unlimited potential as a post player.
      A Harlem, N.Y., native who plays for a high school in Pennsylvania, Bamba was a surprise, last-minute addition to this past season’s Big Blue Madness guest list, and he returned to Lexington in January for his official visit.
      Bamba has narrowed his list of college choices to Kentucky, Duke, Michigan and Texas, but it’s been difficult for recruiting analysts to settle on a favorite.

Important dates
Date Note
Sept. 2 Official visit to Michigan
Oct. 28 Official visit to Texas
Jan. 20 Official visit to Kentucky
Feb. 26 Official visit to Duke

24Sports Crystal Ball

See where UK stands in Bamba’s recruitment, according to the predictions on his 247Sports Crystal Ball page.

Summer ball stats

Bamba averaged 13.0 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots per game for PSA Cardinals on the Nike circuit, despite missing several games in the middle of the summer due to an ankle injury.


Seemingly in no hurry to make a college decision, Bamba has not set a specific date to make a final announcement on his recruitment, which could stretch into the month of May.