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Chron.com’s Parth Upadhyaya (May 15): "Standing at 6-11, 225 pounds with a 7’9 wingspan, Bamba has the makings of an elite rim protector and rebounder in the NBA. He averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks in about 30 minutes per game this past season for the Longhorns. Bamba needs to improve his shooting, as he only made 14 of his 51 attempted 3-pointers while at Texas. However, if he develops more offensively and bulks up a bit, Bamba could be a star at the next level."

Cleveland.com’s Matt Ghoul (May 15): "Keeping Bamba in the Lone Star State could generate a buzz for Dallas, which has plenty of needs and could be back in the lottery next year. Dirk Nowitzki will be 40 years old in June, Nerlens Noel is a free agent and it is unlikely both are in the longterm plans."

UPROXX’s Brad Rowland (May 16): "Bamba is the best player available here, which makes this choice easy. Regardless, the Mavs likely wouldn’t consider Trae Young or Collin Sexton after taking Dennis Smith Jr. a year ago and Dallas has long coveted a franchise center. Bamba might be that and his defensive ceiling is off-the-charts."

SportingNews’ Chris Stone (May 16): "Given Dirk Nowitzki is aging and Nerlens Noel doesn’t seem part of Dallas’ long-term future, the Mavericks using their top-five pick to lock down a frontcourt piece wouldn’t be a surprise. Bamba is a raw prospect, but his potential as a rim protector and rim runner alongside Dennis Smith Jr. could give Dallas a nice one-two punch.

The Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps (May 16): "Rudy Gobert with a jump shot" is what fans of Bamba dream of him becoming. That happening, though, will require a lot of work, and there are questions about his motor. Still, Dallas needs a center, and if he works out, he could be a spectacular fit for what Rick Carlisle likes."

USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt, Sam Amick and Michael Singer (May 16): "Bamba was second in the NCAA with 3.72 blocks per game, and with a 7-foot-9 wingspan, Bamba is the kind of imposing center you draft to anchor a defense. He was also among the best offensive rebounders in college basketball. He immediately improves a weak Mavericks frontcourt."

Yahoo Sports’ Jordan Schultz (May 16): "Bamba’s Inspector Gadget arms — his wingspan measured 7-10 Wednesday morning — are a sight to behold. His massive upside is, too. He can develop into a great player — on both sides of the floor — particularly as he develops a stronger base and a couple of go-to post moves. Bamba, who just turned 20, is regarded as a terrific kid and undoubtedly one of the most enticing players available. He blocked a single-season school record 111 shots, which translated to 3.7 per game, good enough for second in the country. Bamba is also a tireless worker who has committed himself to improving, spending the pre-draft process with top-flight skills trainer Drew Hanlen."

The Athletic’s Michael Scotto (May 16): "The Nerlens Noel experiment will likely come to an end this summer, and Bamba could become Dallas’ long-term starting center. A young core of Dennis Smith Jr. at point guard, Harrison Barnes at forward and Bamba at center would give Dallas a balanced foundation to build on for the future.

CBS Sports’ Reid Forgrave (May 22): "Jackson is big, long, athletic and versatile, with an outrageous ceiling on both ends of the floor. He has versatility as a playmaker and as a shooter; he shot 80 percent from the free-throw line, 40 percent from 3-point range. And the youngster – one of the youngest players in this draft – could learn at the helm of one of the greatest offensive big men of all time."

SportingNews’ Sean Deveney (May 23): "There’s a thought that Jackson, who still is only 18, may be the player with the highest ceiling in this draft, but there’s a lot to make teams wary. Jackson could be dominant at times, a defensive presence and great athlete in the paint.

CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish (May 15): "I’m not as high on Jackson as most others, if only because he didn’t produce at Michigan State the way so many other heralded freshmen produced on other campuses in their only years of college basketball. The 6-11 forward averaged just 21.8 minutes and often struggled with foul trouble. That’s a concern. But his physical tools are undeniable. And the potential for stardom is clearly there considering Jackson is A) a top-shelf athlete, B) somebody who shot 39.6 percent from beyond the arc, and C) an asset, in a variety of ways, on the defensive end of the court."

NJ.com’s Eliot Shor-Parks (May 15): "Jackson is a true stretch-four in today’s NBA, with the ability to play defense and contribute from deep on the offensive side of the floor. After falling out of the top three, the Mavericks still get one of the best prospects in the draft."

WalterFootball.com’s David Kay (May 16): "Due to his combination of length, athleticism, and range on his jumper, Jackson has the makings of a modern-day NBA frontcourt player. He was also the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year, so he is capable of getting it done on both ends of the floor. With Dirk Nowitzki on his final legs in the NBA and no great big on the roster, a prospect like Jackson is needed on this team."

SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell (May 15): "Porter Jr. was considered by some as the No. 1 recruit in the country entering his freshman season at Missouri. Then he was immediately sidelined by back surgery that cost him all but the last two games of the season. The injury remains a big concern. It’s also going to be hard for NBA teams to evaluate where his shooting and ball handling are at since he’s hardly played over the last year. There was a time when Porter looked like a sure-thing, a three-level scorer as a 6’10 combo forward who was going to be a devastating offensive weapon. That player very well could still be within him, but there’s a lot more risk associated with him now.

AZCentral.com’s Scott Bordow (May 23): "Dallas likely will consider Texas center Mohamed Bamba here as well but as it builds around point guard Dennis Smith Jr., it will need a versatile frontcourt scorer and Porter was widely considered to be a potential No. 1 pick before back surgery robbed him of his one season at Missouri. If Porter’s medical exam doesn’t raise any red flags, he could be Dallas’ version of Jayson Tatum."