As expected, Michigan hosted five-star center Mo Bamba for an official visit over the weekend.
The No. 3 ranked prospect in the class of 2017 posted a picture of his visit on Instagram after the trip with ‘magical visit’ as a caption.
Bamba followed the trip to Ann Arbor with an unofficial visit to Harvard, per Scout’s Evan Daniels.
Michigan was the first official visit that Bamba has taken and his recruitment continues to be unique. There aren’t many five-star center prospects that have taken multiple visits to Harvard — where his former AAU teammate Bryce Aiken is a freshman point guard — and have also stopped by the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
Bamba is doing things his way and he hasn’t mentioned any time frame to make a decision or trim his list. Most observers consider Bamba to be fairly wide open — with Duke and Harvard being two of the most frequently mentioned schools — so a positive official visit to Ann Arbor is a great first step for the Wolverines in his recruitment.
He’s been sharing his thoughts on his recruiting process in a blog at USA Today, where he recently discussed a trip to the White House, his time frame and much more.
247 Sports also shared its take on the Bamba visit:
I was told by a source who spent some time with Bamba this weekend that his family was “absolutely loving it” on Michigan’s campus and that Bamba himself integrated well with what the Wolverines are offering.
The source also added that Bamba said he would “take some time to process it all”, referring to the visit as a whole.
After DeAndre Ayton’s commitment to Arizona this week, Bamba is the top-ranked uncommitted big man in the country. He was most recently measured at the Nike Skills Academy at a shade under 7-foot-1 at 211 pounds with a 7-foot-9.5 wingspan.
- Michigan commitments Jordan Poole, Eli Brooks and Isaiah Livers were all on campus with Bamba for their official visits last weekend as well.
- Rivals updated its 2017 rankings and Jordan Poole (95) and Isaiah Livers (120) made the cut in the Top 150. Targets Mo Bamba (4) and Jamal Cain (77) are also ranked.
- Athlon Sports released their first season preview magazine and Michigan is picked 5th in the Big Ten and projected as a 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
- Kimani Lawrence is no longer considering Michigan and announced his final five.