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Mohamed Bamba’s wingspan measured at 7-foot-10, longest in NBA draft combine history

Mohamed Bamba

Texas center Mohamed Bamba prepares for an inbound play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisiana Tech, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

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Mohamed Bamba is an intriguing prospect likely to go near the top of the draft. A highly touted recruit, he solidified his stock during his freshman year at Texas. He covered a lot of ground defensively, protecting the rim and switching onto the perimeter. It was a lot of work.

Then, he elevated his stock even further simply by extending his arms.

Bamba had his wingspan measured at 7-foot-10. That’s the longest in the history of the NBA draft combine, with records dating back to 2000.

The wingspan leaderboard:

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Wingspan is important, because taller people tend to be more clumsy running and jumping. Longer wingspans allow players to mirror the advantages of being tall without the shortcomings.

Bamba measured 6-foot-11.25 without shoes and 7-foot-0.75 in shoes. That gives him the second-largest standing reach in combine history at 9-foot-7.5. The record holder is Pavel Podkolzin, whom the Mavericks picked No. 21 in 2004 (via the Jazz, who officially drafted him). Podkolzin’s standing reach was 9-foot-8 (7-foot-3.5 without shoes, 7-foot-5.75 wingspan).

Bamba won’t have the longest in NBA history, though. The 7-foot-7 Manute Bol’s was reportedly 8-foot-6.