Oregon Lands 2018 Five-Star Big Man Bol Bol


Bol Bol, a seven-foot-one center from Findlay (NV) Prep announced his commitment to Oregon on Monday via The Players Tribune.

“About a week after I made my official visit to Eugene, I knew that that was where I wanted to go,” Bol Bol said in his Players Tribune article. “Doesn’t mean it wasn’t a hard decision. It came down to Oregon and Kentucky — which is kind of funny that it was those two schools. Because when I was a kid, after my family moved to Kansas, everyone on my AAU teams and school teams was a Jayhawks fan.”

According to 247Sports, Bol Bol is the No. 3 overall player for the Class of 2018 and the No. 1 center. Bol Bol took his official visit to Eugene on September 30th.

“I felt like the whole coaching staff knew my game — and I’m not just saying that. Both coach [Dana] Altman and coach [Tony] Stubblefield broke down why my style is a bit different from just any other big man. I’m tall (obviously), but I’m not my dad. He was a true big man, a guy who played in the paint and blocked shots. But I like to work from the perimeter. I like to put the ball on the floor. I get a lot of satisfaction from passing to someone who’s more open than me.”

Findlay Prep announced November 11th via Twitter that Bol Bol would be transferring from Mater Dei (CA) High School. Bol Bol is the son of former NBA player Manute Bol.

“They said my perimeter game was one of the things they were most excited about. They prepared film for me — some of it was of my AAU games and some of it was of old Oregon games. And I could picture myself in their offense. I could picture myself on that court, in their jerseys. I don’t know how else to explain it — I could just feel it. They made me believe it. Coach Altman even said that even though he wants me to get strong, he doesn’t expect me to gain more weight than is actually possible. It was one of those little things he said that made me feel like, I don’t know … like he got me.”

Bol Bol is coming off an impressive summer on the Nike EYBL circuit averaging 24.1 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.5 blocks.

“I made my final decision to go to Oregon pretty recently. It was during a long car ride. I had made my official visit to Kentucky a few days before that. So I had a lot to think about. I was super stressed. Kentucky had been my dream school ever since I was a kid. I respect Coach Calipari a ton. I had no idea what I was going to do. But then I calmed down and thought about it. What team would be best for my unique game? What school would provide opportunities around my sport that tapped into my passions? And what school would give me the opportunity to reach the most people? I thought about all that. And I thought a lot about my dad and what he might tell me right now. And when I broke it all down like that, I just knew. So I’ll see you in Eugene. I bet they might even have a pair of LeBron 3s that finally fit me. My dad, he would definitely smile at that.”

Bol Bol joins five-star wing Louis King, four-star guard Will Richardson, and four-star power forward Miles Norris for Oregon’s 2018 recruiting class.


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