The Baylor men’s basketball program received some much needed help in the frontcourt by landing a verbal commitment on Monday from Flo Thamba, a forward from Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Va.
The 6-10, 240-pound Thamba, a native of the Congo, became Baylor’s third commitment in the 2018 class as he joins Austin Westlake forward Matthew Mayer and Palm Beach State College guard Darius Allen, who both signed during the early NCAA basketball signing period in November.
Thamba, a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, is averaging 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots as a senior this season. He chose the Bears over Illinois, Nebraska and Virginia Tech.
“This is really only his fifth year of playing basketball and it’s my second year to coach him,” said Mountain Mission School coach Al Wilson. “The biggest jump from last summer to now has been in the development of his post moves. His offensive skills are becoming clearer. He’s becoming a great paint protector and rim protector and is learning not to get fouls. I think his best basketball is ahead of him.”
With a 7-5 wingspan, Thamba has the potential to be a rim protector on defense much like senior center Jo Lual-Acuil is now for the Bears.
Thamba visited Baylor for the Jan. 2 game against TCU and believes he can make an impact next year since both Lual-Acuil and senior forward Terry Maston will be gone.
“With Jo graduating, Baylor needs some size and I feel like I can help there,” Thamba said. “Since I came here (Mountain Mission School) I’ve become a shot blocker and I’m still developing my offensive game. I really like the family atmosphere at Baylor with Coach (Scott) Drew, and I think I will fit in.”
Wilson likes the work ethic Thamba brings to the court every day and believes he’ll continue to work hard to develop his skills. He will sign with Baylor during the NCAA spring signing period in April.
“Flo’s character really precedes him,” Wilson said. “We’re a school that really prides ourselves on developing kids in the name of Christ. He wants to be the best teammate he can be.”