Simply put, Mo Bamba is balling

Kihwan Lee

Freshman forward Mo Bamba has emerged as Texas’ best player this season, and the stats show it’s not even close.

The NBA Draft prospect is averaging a team-high 18.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and three blocks over the last seven games. Bamba is also shooting an outrageous 51 percent from long range during this stretch. Not only is he leading the team, Bamba is leading the entire Big 12 in rebounds and blocks per game. His length and mobility simply cannot be matched by anyone in the conference.

Bamba has become a dual-threat player in the paint, inviting opposing guards to come down the lane and challenge him on defense while being patient and efficient on offense. He stretches the floor, creating his own shot in the post and snatching rebounds away from his opponents. His ability to out-rebound, even with multiple defenders in the paint, creates crucial second-chance opportunities for the Longhorn offense to score.

Despite Bamba’s dominance, Texas continues to struggle in the clutch without the presence of sophomore guard Andrew Jones. The team’s record is now 3–4 over the past seven games. However, three of the four losses have been within three points, including last night’s nailbiter defeat to Baylor. That being said, Texas would likely not even be able to compete in those close games without Bamba’s stellar play.

Moving forward, Bamba will have to keep his performance up at an all-time high to give Texas any chance at making the NCAA Tournament. His stats, as great as they are, need to translate to wins for his team now more than ever.