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Bol Bol
No. 1 – Oregon Ducks
PositionCenter
LeaguePac-12 Conference
Personal information
Born (1999-11-16) November 16, 1999 (age 19)
Khartoum, Sudan
NationalitySudanese / American
Listed height7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeOregon (2018–2019)
Career highlights and awards

Bol Manute Bol (/bl/; born November 16, 1999) is a Sudanese-born American college basketball player for the Oregon Ducks of the Pac-12 Conference. A son of basketball player Manute Bol, Bol was born in Khartoum but began living in Kansas from a young age. In high school, Bol was considered one of the best players in the class of 2018, having been rated a consensus five-star recruit and earning McDonald's All-American honors. He plays the center position.

Bol started his high school career at Blue Valley Northwest High School, where he was assigned to the junior varsity team. He transferred to Bishop Miege High School in the middle of the season but remained on junior varsity due to transfer rules. He joined varsity in his second year. As a junior, he moved to Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, rising in profile as a recruit. In his final season, Bol played for Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada. At the international level, he represents the United States but has never competed for them in FIBA tournaments.

Professional Career

With the injury, Bol announced in January 2019 that he would enter the 2019 NBA draft.[1]

Early life

Bol was born on November 16, 1999 in Khartoum, Sudan to Ajok Kuag and former National Basketball Association (NBA) star Manute Bol as their first child.[2] He was named after his late great-grandfather and Dinka chief Bol Chol Bol.[3] In 1998, after an American missile strike during the Second Sudanese Civil War, Manute was accused of being an American spy and was barred by the Sudanese government from fleeing to the United States.[3] In 2001, the family traveled to Cairo, Egypt, where they were stranded for many months due to visa problems, despite having acquired tickets to the United States from American friends.[3][4]

In the following year, when Bol was two years old, his family moved to Connecticut as designated political refugees.[3] Upon encouragement from his father, he began playing basketball at age 4, although he was initially reluctant.[5] Bol eventually began training with his father in the gym.[2][6] At age 7, he moved to Olathe, Kansas, a city with a large South Sudanese population.[6] As a 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) seventh grader, Bol featured in a highlight video[7] at an Indianapolis basketball camp that drew attention from CBS Sports[8] and The Washington Post.[9] His first NCAA Division I offer came from New Mexico State, when he was still in eighth grade.[10]

High school career

For the beginning of his freshman basketball season, Bol played for the junior varsity team of Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas.[5] Because he did not live in his school district, Bol transferred to Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park, Kansas where he continued his freshman season.[6] At age 14, he stood 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), but he was forced to remain at the junior varsity level until February 2015 because of transfer rules.[6][11] Bol made his debut for the Bishop Miege junior varsity team on December 11, 2014, displaying his shot blocking and shooting ability.[12][13] Despite becoming eligible on the varsity team by the end of the season, he did not earn playing time.[5] On March 4, 2015, sports website Bleacher Report compared him to a taller Kevin Durant.[14] In May, Bol played for his under-15 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team KC Run GMC at the Jayhawk Invitational in Kansas City, Missouri, scoring 15 points in one game.[15] By then, he was receiving interest from a number of NCAA Division I programs, including Kansas and Oklahoma.[15]

In his sophomore season, Bol was ranked as one of the top players in the class of 2018 by recruiting service 247Sports.[16] On January 6, 2016, in his fourth varsity game, he posted 16 points in a 59–57 upset loss to Hogan Preparatory Academy.[17] Bol contributed 14 points to help Bishop Miege win the Kansas Class 4A Division I state title game, 69–59, over McPherson High School in March.[18] After leading his team to a 22-win season, he earned class 4A-I first-team honors.[19] In April 2016, he received a scholarship offer from Kansas.[20]

In November 2016, Bol announced that he was transferring from Bishop Miege to Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California for his junior year.[21] He was encouraged to join the program because of its head coach Gary McKnight.[22] Bol debuted for Mater Dei on January 24, 2017, recording 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks to coast past Orange Lutheran High School.[23] On February 24, he recorded 14 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocks in an overtime win over defending national champions Chino Hills High School.[24] He scored 15 points in a March 4 loss to Bishop Montgomery High School at the CIF Southern Section Open Division title game.[25] On March 14, at the Open Division semifinals, Bol led Mater Dei with 15 points and 6 rebounds as they defeated St. Augustine High School.[26] He averaged 16.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game as a junior, leading his team to a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) runner-up finish.[19] During the season, he had received offers from Arizona, USC, and Oregon, as well as extended offers from Kentucky and UCLA.[27] In May, at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) with his team California Supreme, Bol averaged 25.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game.[27]

Bol transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada in November 2017, where he would play under head coach Paul Washington.[28] His head coach at Mater Dei said that Bol made the move due to "family reasons."[29] Shortly after, he committed to play college basketball for Oregon, choosing them over Kentucky.[30] Before the season, Bol was included among 20 players in the USA Today preseason boys' basketball team.[31] On November 27, 2017, he recorded 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks in a 66–61 win over Morgan Park High School at the Like Mike Invitational.[32] Bol scored 32 points in 21 minutes, shooting 14-of-17 from the field, in a January 14, 2018 rout of Immaculate Conception High School at the Spalding Hoophall Classic.[33] He was selected for the 2018 McDonald's All-American Boys Game,[34] but was unable to play due to injury.[35] Bol finished his senior season at Findlay Prep averaging 20.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game, earning All-USA Boys Basketball Second-Team honors from USA Today High School Sports.[36]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Bol Bol
C
Henderson, NV Findlay Prep (NV) 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Nov 20, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 96
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 4  247Sports: 4  ESPN: 4
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Oregon 2018 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  • "2018 Oregon Ducks Recruiting Class". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.

College career

Bol joined Oregon as a freshman in the 2018–19 season under head coach Dana Altman.[37] Entering the season, he was considered one of the best prospects for the 2019 NBA draft, although analysts described him as a polarizing prospect in the long term.[37][38] On November 6, 2018, Bol debuted with a double-double of 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks in 23 minutes against Portland State.[39] Bol Bol later recorded a season-high 32 points and 11 rebounds in a 89–84 loss to Texas Southern.[40] After recording 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks in a 66–54 win over San Diego on December 12, Bol injured his left foot, which left him out of commission for the rest of the season.[41][42]

National team career

After taking part in training camp, Bol was a finalist to make the United States roster for the 2017 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup.[2] However, he was later cut from the squad by head coach John Calipari.[43]

In April 2018, Bol drew attention at the Nike Hoop Summit, playing for the United States junior national select team.[2] He recorded 20 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals in an 89–76 loss to Team World, which was made up of international players playing high school basketball in the United States.[44][45]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 Oregon 9 9 29.8 .561 .520 .757 9.6 1.0 .8 2.7 21.0

Personal life

Bol's father Manute Bol was officially the second-tallest player to ever play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In 2010, Manute died from kidney disease and complications from the skin disorder Stevens–Johnson syndrome.[5][46] Bol has four siblings, including Madut, who played college basketball at Southern University and graduated in 2013, and six half-siblings.[2][47]

References

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