ESPN No. 4 ranked high school senior Bol Bol has committed to Oregon.
Bol’s father Manute played in the NBA for 10 seasons, and at 7-6 was one of the tallest players in league history.
Bol Bol, a 7-2 center, averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds last season for Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA).
He also had a monster summer, averaging 24.1 points, 10 rebounds and 4.5 blocks in only 28.2 minutes for the Nike EYBL’s Cal Supreme, when he was named the league’s regular-season MVP.
“I just loved everything about it,” Bol told Scout of Oregon. “How they play and their coaching and I just loved their campus.”
Ducks head coach Dana Altman said he was thrilled to land Bol.
“We are really excited to welcome Bol Bol to our program,” said Altman via a statement. “Obviously he is a very unique player with a special basketball history and a great basketball family.”
Former NBA big man and current Wake Forest coach Danny Manning said he loves Bol’s versatile game.
“Bol has a unique skill set for his size,” Manning, who played against his father Manute in the NBA, told SI.com. “He’s capable of stepping out on the perimeter and making shots, and his length gives him a chance to do things at the rim that surprise you.”
“He has really soft hands … and he has more ballhandling capabilities than he’s showing,” Manning added. “On the EYBL circuit he was on the perimeter more, putting it down a little bit. That’s not something Nutie [Manute] used to do.”
Scout’s Evan Daniels said Bol is a dominating big man with unlimited potential.
“He has taken a big leap forward in his offensive development and his confidence,” wrote Daniels. “He blocks shots, rebounds, has a ton of offensive potential, great hands, a nice shooting touch and runs to the rim. Any time you’ve got a guy with this many tools at 7-2, he’s an elite prospect. And he’s only going to get better as he gets stronger.”
The Ducks beat out finalist Kentucky to land Bol.
At Oregon, Bol will join fellow 2018 recruits No. 21 Louis King, No. 38 Will Richardson, and No. 58 Miles Norris.
Bol has transferred to Findlay Prep (NV) for his senior season.
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