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Suns GM claims top draft prospect Mo Bamba is better than Rudy Gobert at the same age

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For the second consecutive year, there is real excitement about the NBA draft as there's once again a stacked class of hugely talented young prospects about to enter the league.

A number of the projected lottery picks have been working out for teams in recent weeks as franchises weigh up their possibilities of who to pick.

One player who has been gaining momentum and could well be a top-five pick is Mohamed Bamba.

The center has made a huge impression on several teams with his workouts and is now being viewed as one of the best players in his draft and a potential star.

His most recent visit was to the Phoenix Suns and general manager Ryan McDonough loved what he saw from the youngster.

"Mo had a really good workout," McDonough said, according to The Associated Press. "His wingspan, his standing reach, is off the charts.

"His ability to protect the rim I think will be elite at the NBA level, in addition to his ability to rebound the ball."

Duke University v University of Texas

McDonough went on to say that "at 20 years old he's ahead of where Rudy (Gobert) was."

The Utah Jazz star is regarded as the best defensive center in the league and has developed a reputation for himself as an elite rim protector.

He is the favourite to scoop his first Defensive Player of the Year award later this month which will solidify him as the NBA's best.

Sydney Kings v Utah Jazz

Bamba enters the draft with a similar skillset to the Frenchman and is an obvious comparison for him. When Gobert entered in 2013, he registered a draft combine-record 7-foot-8 wingspan, but Bamba beat that with an incredible 7-foot-10 mark this year.

The Suns have the first pick in the draft but they're unlikely to select the Texas product. Deandre Ayton, who played his college basketball down the road in Arizona, is expected to be taken number one by Phoenix.

It means Bamba probably won't be a Suns player but he still didn't hide his desire to represent them.

"I do more and I require less," he said. "The Suns are more than a perfect fit for me."

With the likes of Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Michael Porter Jr., there is real potential in this draft class.

The draft will take place on June 21 at the Barclays Center in New York and will be filled with intrigue.

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Rudy Gobert
Devin Booker
Ricky Rubio
Pacific Division
Utah Jazz
Phoenix Suns
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