Maybe I’m too harsh, but I walked out of this game feeling similar about Bamba as I did when we played Alex Len and Maryland a few years ago when Len was being hyped as a lottery pick - “is that all?” He can shoot some, as he showed with his made three, but he had no inside game. He blocked some shots, but given that Wagner put 10 points on him in about 20 minutes of game time, I’m not positive he’s actually a good one-on-one defender. I’m not shocked he struggled to guard Wagner at the arc (though if he wants to play in the NBA he’d better figure out how to do that), but I was shocked that both times Wagner tried to work him in the post, he was able to rather easily.
Bamba is quicker laterally than the comparison I’m going to drop, but he reminds me of a different African center - he’s a shorter (but quicker) Manute Bol - a guy that can knock some jumpers down if you ignore him, has no idea what to do in the paint, is a good shot-blocker as a helper, but too frail to guard anyone heads up. If I had a lottery pick, I’m looking elsewhere. The idea that anyone with a set of eyes would talk about this kid in the same breath as DeAndre Ayton is mind-boggling to me.