Last night during the NBA draft the Orlando Magic selected Texas center Mo Bamba with the sixth pick. Bamba, who has an insane wingspan, is expected to be a dominant force defensively in the paint.
`Mo,’ as he has been affectionately nicknamed by teammates and those close to him, had his wingspan measured at 7-foot, 10 inches . Bamba’s reach is even more expansive than the 7-feet, 8 1/2-inch reach of Utah center Rudy Gobert.
As for his self-described “presence,’’ he said it means a variety of things that all center around his ability to change a game with his defensive abilities.
“It’s just about being an elite rim-protector,’’ he said. “One difference between me and any other prospect in this class is presence. If I’m plugged into the NBA right now – I don’t want to be cocky when I say this – but I feel I’d be one of the best rim protectors in the league as a rookie. It’s something that I’ve really tried to master early in my career and it’s only going to get better.’’
Bamba’s off-the-court defensive game seems to be solid as well because after last night’s draft Mo blocked a thirsty Instagram girl from trying to hit on him.