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NCAA Basketball: 10 teams who should target Arizona transfer Oumar Ballo

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One of the more intriguing prospects in the 2019 NCAA Basketball recruiting class was Oumar Ballo. He had the early nickname of "Baby Shaq",due to his size and physicality that he displayed. The former top-60 prospect committed to Mark Few and Gonzaga but had to play behind some elite big men, including Drew Timme.

Ballo didn't do much in his lone season on the court at Gonzaga, playing very limited minutes off the bench. Rather than remain behind Timme, the 7'0 center followed assistant-turned HC Tommy Lloyd over to Arizona for a new start. Things were the same at first, as Ballo was behind Christian Koloko, who ended up as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and an NBA player.

But once Koloko was gone, Ballo was able to finally break out on his own as the new starter. In 2022-23 campaign, the big man posted career-high numbers of 14.2 ppg and 8.6 rpg, earning All-Pac-12 honors. Then this past season, the senior produced 12.9 ppg and 10.1 rpg in another all-league campaign.

After another good season for Arizona, there are some decisions that needs to be made, including guys who have covid-years available. Ballo is one of them and it looks as if he's going to return, just not for the Wildcats.

With this news, Ballo instantly becomes one of the top players in the current transfer portal. And a case can be made that center is one of the positions of priority for many teams, so expect a lot of them to try to target him.

The following is a list of teams to watch for.