Status: UK target
Power forward | 7-3 | 220
School: Mater Dei
Hometown: Santa Ana, Calif.
Bol — the son of the late NBA star Manute Bol — was born in Sudan, began his high school basketball career in Kansas, and has since transferred to Mater Dei High School in California, the noted program that recently produced five-star prospect Stanley Johnson.
At 7-3 with a 7-8 wingspan and a legitimate perimeter game, Bol is one of the more interesting basketball recruits to come along in recent years. He moves well for a player of his size and youth — he turns 18 in November — and can play away from the basket, evidenced by his 49 percent shooting from three-point land this summer. Bol is also an active and versatile defender.
Bol was invited to John Calipari’s USA Basketball U19 training camp in June — and the UK coach praised his play there — but he ultimately did not make the final team. Bol said afterward that the decision would not affect Kentucky’s standing in his recruitment.
Arizona is another perceived leader for Bol — and it’s worth noting that Coach Sean Miller was on the USA Basketball committee that cut Bol from the U19 team — and Southern Cal, UCLA and Oregon are among the others heavily involved in his recruitment.
Bol earned an offer from UK in early May, shortly after playing in front of Calipari on the Nike circuit.
|Sept. 30||Official visit to Oregon|
|Oct. 13||Official visit to Kentucky|
|Oct. 28||Official visit to Arizona|
|Nov. 4||Official visit to Southern Cal|
|Nov. 11||Official visit to UCLA|
Bol averaged 21.4 points, 10.0 rebounds and a league-high 4.5 blocked shots per game for California Supreme on the Nike circuit, earning regular-season MVP honors. He played on the same team as Shaquille O’Neal’s son, Shareef O’Neal, who is an Arizona commitment.
There is no clear timetable for Bol’s college choice, and he told the Herald-Leader this summer that he could see himself being “the last person to make my decision. There’s no reason to rush.”