November 12, 2003
University of New Mexico head men's basketball coach Ritchie McKay announced today that Bambale Osby, a 6-7 forward from Richmond, Virginia, has signed a national letter of intent to attend UNM.
Bambale Osby.....F.....6-7.....240.....Richmond, Virginia (Benedictine Catholic HS)
Pronounced bom-BAH-lay AHZ-bee, Bambale Osby averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds last year at Benedictine Catholic High School in Richmond, Va...his nickname is Boom...played for head coach Bruce Croxton...led team to the first VISBA Division 1 Championship in school history last year with a 24-5 record...Benedictine won the Virginia State Catholic League championship in 2002-03...prep teammate Vernon Hamilton is currently a true freshman guard at Clemson...Osby has played for the high profile Richmond Squires AAU team since he was 12...played for Kent Greenway...PERSONAL...born May 21, 1986...age is 17...mother's name is Komba...has an older brother, Levi, and a younger sister, Lucy.
Statement from Ritchie McKay - "Needless to say, we are excited about Bambale's commitment to the University of New Mexico. We knew about ten hours into his visit that he is our type of person: very humble, friendly, unselfish; all characteristics that we look to attract to add to the guys we already have in our program. And, then there's Bambale the player. As mild-mannered and unassuming as he is off the floor, he definitely has a split personality when he steps between the lines. Boom has a warrior-like mentality when he plays. He is a great rebounder, a good shot blocker and an excellent offensive player around the basket. Although he is a little undersized, he is really efficient. He kind of reminds me of a young Malik Rose (San Antonio Spurs). Playing in a well-respected AAU program like the Richmond Squires has helped Bambale tremendously."