Bol
Bol
Position: C
Height/Weight: 7-0 / 208 lbs
School/Club: Oregon
Status: Freshman
Birthday: 11/16/1999

DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Denver Nuggets

About Bol Bol

Bol Bol was perhaps the most unique player in college basketball last season combining excellent all-around scoring touch with a nearly unprecedented combination of size and length. Born in Khartoum, Sudan but raised in Kansas, Bol’s size and pedigree earned him attention very early in his high school career which ultimately spanned stops at four high schools.  Finishing his career at Findlay Prep, he ranked among the consensus top-5 players in the high school class of 2018 following standout showings at both the Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit.  Facing lofty expectations at Oregon, Bol more than lived up to his billing - quickly establishing himself as the Ducks’ top scorer, rebounder, and most impactful player before sustaining a left foot injury that required surgery.  Averaging 21 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game while shooting 52% from beyond the arc, Bol was on track to be in the mix for All-American honors in his short stint playing for Dana Altman.

Bol is the son of humanitarian and NBA legend Manute Bol.

  • Possesses unbelievable size measured at 7’2.5 in shoes with a 7’7 wingspan at the NBA Combine.  9’7.5 standing reach is on par with the very highest in the NBA this season.  Not the most powerful athlete - still very much on the skinny side, but exceptionally mobile for a player of his stature.
     
  • Complements size and fluidity with truly impressive shot-making ability for a 7-footer.  Filled a key role for an Oregon team that gave him significant freedom and looked to get him involved in a variety of ways.  Scored with elite efficiency from the inside and out last season, posting gaudy numbers as a floor spacer, post weapon, and finisher. 

Defensive Analysis

  • Provided an intimidating presence around the basket within Oregon’s zone.  Sheer reach allows him to change shots when the action comes to him and helps him overcome his lanky frame in the post in spots.  Has room to be more crisp rotating to the ball and physical on the glass, but was a significant difference maker at times nonetheless.
     
  • Drop defender who is most comfortable inside, but consistently surprises shooters with his near unprecedented reach when in position to closeout.

Career Highlights

  • Was leading Oregon in scoring (21.0 ppg), rebounding (9.6 rpg) and blocks (2.7 bpg) as a Freshman at time of season-ending foot injury.
  • First Oregon Freshman to open his career with back-to-back double-doubles.
  • 2017-18 finalist for Naismith High School Boys Player of the Year. 

Freshman (2018-19)

  • Appeared in only nine games due to a foot injury.
  • Reached double figures in every game and recorded four double-doubles.
  • Scored a season-high 32 points vs. Texas Southern (Nov. 26).
  • Recorded 26 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals vs. Syracuse (Nov. 16).
  • Finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and three blocks at Houston (Dec. 1). 

High School

  • Averaged 20.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks for Findlay Prep (Nev.) as a Senior.
  • No. 3 recruit by 247Sport.com’s composite ratings.
  • Selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic.
  • Averaged 16.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.9 blocks for Mater Dei (Calif.) as a Junior. 

Strengths

  • Very mobile and fluid for his size.
  • Covers a lot of ground at both ends of the court.
  • Has soft hands and a soft touch from the perimeter.
  • Capable of being a major factor on defense. 

Personal

  • Son of the late 7-7 center Manute Bol, who played 10 NBA seasons.
  • Favorite NBA players are Michael Jordan and Kevin Durant. 

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