BOL BOL 2019 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 230 POUNDS
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: TOP 5-7 PICK (POSSIBLY HIGHER)
- Stands 7’2″ with a 7’8″ wingspan, harkening the easy comparisons to his father, NBA great Manute Bol
- Has true “unicorn” potential, and shouldn’t be pigeon-holed as another version of his father.
- Well aware that his calling card is as a shot blocker; already among the nation’s best, and has elite NBA potential in this area
- A willing – and capable – three-point shooter, hitting 52% of his shots from three (through mid-December)
- More fluid than his frame would suggest; can run the floor, and put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket
- Generally speaking, prefers to play the game like a guard or wing player, as opposed to a big man – for better or for worse.
- Biggest and most obvious concern is his strength, or lack thereof; will need to put on weight and muscle to help fill out his frame
- Settles for jump shots too frequently, at times when he should go down on the low block.
- Continued questions about how much he really “loves” basketball
- Missed time dealing with a foot injury, always a major red flag for a big man
- Needs to get in the weight room (add muscle and weight)
As you might’ve guessed, Bol Manute Bol is the son of the late NBA player Manute Bol, the latter of whom enjoyed a successful NBA career that spanned the better part of a decade.
But Bol Bol is far from a photocopy of his father. Despite standing 7’2 himself, the younger Bol has a game that fits perfectly in today’s “pace and space” NBA, which requires big men to run the floor and shoot the ball on offense, and both protect the rim and/or guard players on the perimeter on defense.
As some have said, Bol plays the game like someone who stands 6’6″ — for better or for worse. It’s absolutely fascinating to have someone who’s that tall that’s so good at shooting the ball from three point range (shooting over 50% through his first nine games with the University of Oregon), and acting like more of an offensive facilitator or play-maker, instead of a big man waiting in the paint to get fed.
To that point, there’s almost a level of irony to Bol’s game, given the combination of his size and his basketball skill-set. Simply stated, Bol prefers to play as a shooter on the perimeter, versus playing down low in the post. Right now, he simply doesn’t show a presence down low, and could very much struggle if he’s forced to play as such. It will behoove whoever selects him to think outside the traditional NBA “box” and not typecast him as an old school 7’2 “big man.”
Bol has overall fascinating potential, but it will take a substantial amount of time and cajoling to maximize all of said potential. He’s not the same “alpha male” as some of the guys he’s frequently compared to (such as someone like Kristaps Porzingis), but the “basketball unicorn” potential is absolutely there.
Bol Bol is arguably Oregon’s highest rated recruit in their history. The number 4 ranked player in the high school class of 2018 has lived up to the lofty expectations bestowed upon him. His game suits the current NBA style of play perfectly. If the NBA general managers are correct, Bol hears his name called extremely early during the 2019 NBA Draft night.
(Update 1-4-19: Bol Bol has a stress fracture in his left foot and season status is up in the air)
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