Dana Altman and his Oregon staff received a big boost to their future runs in the NCAA with the addition of 7’2 face-up big man Bol Bol, out No.8 rated senior, who recently transferred to Henderson, NV Findlay Prep. He announced his decision on Player’s Tribune:
“Next year, I’ll be an Oregon Duck,” Bol wrote. “About a week after I made my official visit to Eugene, I knew that that was where I wanted to go.”
He chose Oregon over Kentucky, Arizona, and USC (both of whom he cut after the FBI recruiting scandal became public)
Bol stands 7′ 2″, 220 pounds and he averaged 22 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game while connecting on 44.1% of his 59 three-point attempts for the California Supreme this past summer in Nike EYBL play. He has a 7’8″ wingspan, has the ability to dominate a la his dad Manute defensively in the paint. Just ask Marcus Bagley who he outplayed last spring in EYBL play head to head, mainly because Bagley, like Bol likes to play away from the hoop, and didn’t look for contact, which played to Bol’s advantage in their match-up, allowing Bol to use his length to his advantage.
As noted, above he dominates versus face-up players who want to isolate on the perimeter and don’t use their bodies to control space. But, in match-ups versus tough wide bodied physical players like junior Kofi Cockburn, Bol struggled to handle the inside play. But, we if Bol learns to utilize his length and improves his footwork to create space on the blocks or high post, he can overcome that weakness and reach the potential he has shown at times. It remains to be seen which player he wants to be, but Dana Altman is the kind of coach who will work with him and give him the opportunity in the Ducks’ offense to expand his game. Make no mistake Bol is a pro, but he still has lots of room to improve!
He joins three other top fifty talents, No.25 6’7″ forward Louis King, No.38 6’5″ shooting guard Will Richardson, and No.50 rated 6-9 forward Miles Norris in the Oregon Class of 2018!