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Suns GM says Mohamed Bamba is ahead of Rudy Gobert at same age

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Texas center Mo Bamba (Getty Images)

Mohamed Bamba worked out individually for the Suns on Saturday and clearly impressed Suns general manager Ryan McDonough.

The 7-footer, who played one collegiate season at Texas, prompted McDonough to draw comparisons between Bamba and Jazz star Rudy Gobert.

He gave some high praise to Bamba saying that "at 20 years old, he's ahead of where Rudy was."

"Now Rudy's made tremendous strides over the last three or four years," McDonough said, via the Associated Press. "The question for Mo is can he fill out his body the way Rudy has?

"But in terms of measurements, they're similar. In terms of the willingness and desire to anchor a defense and protect the rim, they're similar. I think Mo probably is a little more mobile at the same age, and Rudy is probably stronger, more physically developed at the same age."

Bamba loved the comparison, saying, "(Gobert) just changed the geometry of the game. When he's not blocking the shot, he's in the back of your mind."

Although Bamba is working out for other teams, he wasn't willing to reveal which ones.

The Suns have the No. 1 overall pick in this month's draft. Deandre Ayton worked out with the franchise Wednesday, while Marvin Bagley III did on Friday.

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