Every team in the country would take Bamba in a heartbeat. Every single one. Passing on a guy like him is professional malfeasance. Consider the following one and dones.
2017 Gonzaga, NC runner-up: Zach Collins
2017 UNC, Champ: Tony Bradley
2016 Syracuse, Final Four: Malachi Richardson
2015 Duke, Champ: Jahlil Okafor
2015 Duke, Champ: Justice Winslow
2015 Kentucky, Final Four: Karl Anthony-Towns
2015 Kentucky, Final Four: Devin Booker
2015 Kentucky, Final Four: Trey Lyles
That's just the last three years, we could keep going. The point is, you don't make it to the mountaintop without elite talent, and the 1 & dones are a significant factor in that equation. It's not getting phenoms that's the problem, it's surrounding them with veteran talent that has been Shaka's issue to date. Most of it isn't his doing; as Jeff Haley repeatedly points out there were a couple of Barnes' last recruiting classes which were a complete wash that is just now working its way out of the system. The roster turnover is increasingly Shaka's doing, and if it continues to be in flux where the team is incredibly young every year then that is something he needs to fix. There are signs he's getting better at it; consider his "first" class (which was really Barnes' last class Shaka had to keep together), Roach is playing at a high level on both ends of the floor and Davis is starting to look like himself again. Tevin Mack is at Alabama, and that's a ding on Shaka's resume. If Roach and Davis are both around and playing at this level or better next year, with Osetkowski and Eli Long contributing significant minutes added in the mix this team gets to be significantly more veteran in a hurry and the incoming freshman class will be the first in a number of years that isn't thrown into the fire as stop-gaps. There's a light at the end of the tunnel here, and I promise it's not a train.