A true son of his father, Bol Bol is gunning for a spot at the top of his game as a basketball player, a sport wherein his father broke several barriers. Bol, a Sudanese-born American basketballer, currently plays in the center position for the University of Oregon’s team – Oregon Ducks.
Born to one of the best the sport has ever seen, a lot is expected from Bol Bol and he doesn’t look like he has any plans of not meeting the expectations. This notwithstanding, he has some really big shoes to fill as attaining half his father’s record is no walk in the park. Anyway, the younger Bol seems to be busy building his personal legacy and he hasn’t even gone pro yet. Get to know more about him and his father below.
Who Exactly is Bol Bol?
He was born on November 16, 1999, in Khartoum, Sudan, and named Bol Manute Bol, after his father, the former National Basketball Association (NBA) star, Manute Bol. His mother, Ajok Kuag, and father, welcomed him as their first offspring. The family later relocated to Cairo, Egypt, with plans of immigrating to the United States but due to issues with their visas, they were delayed. They later made it to Connecticut the next year, posing as refugees and by this time, Bol was 2 years old.
Inspired by his father who played a key role in honing his skills, Bol started shooting hoops at the age of 4 and also joined his father in the gym. As expected, he took to the basketball court in high school and finished among the best players in the class of 2018.
His high school career took off at Blue Valley Northwest High School after which he transferred to Bishop Miege High School. In his junior year, he played for Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, California, and wrapped up this level as a player for Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada. His record sheet in his final year shows 20.4 points average, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game. This feat earned him All-USA Boys Basketball Second-Team honors, handed down by USA Today High School Sports.
Bol Bol also played for the Oregon Ducks which he joined in the 2018–19 season for his college freshman year. Under head coach Dana Altman, Bol raked in a double-double of 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks in 23 minutes during a match (his first in college) against Portland State.
In view of the brief action he displayed in college and his high school reputation which precedes him, Bol ranked among the best prospects for the 2019 NBA Draft. He sustained an injury to his foot during a 66–54 win over San Diego in December 2018 and after that, he declared his intention to enter the 2019 NBA Draft. Bol was eventually drafted by Miami Heat in the 2019 NBA Draft as the 44th pick in the second round.
Height of Bol Bol’s Father Manute
Bol Bol’s father, Manute Bol was the life of the game in his heydays. The former Sudanese-born American basketball player stood at a gigantic height of 7 feet 7 inches (2.31 m), making him one of the two tallest NBA stars to ever grace the court. He played for the University of Bridgeport and joined the big league (NBA) in 1985 after signing with the Washington Bullets. Other teams that he played for include Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, and Miami Heat. He is the second in the history of the NBA in blocked shots per game and ranks 15th in total blocked shots. The legendary NBA player died of acute kidney failure and complications from Stevens-Johnson syndrome on June 19, 2010.
Bol Bol’s Height Compared to His Father’s
While Manute Bol stood at an official height of 7 feet 7 inches (2.31 m) as a professional basketball player, his son Bol Bol is already within that reach. As a seventh-grader, Bol Bol stood at 6 feet 5 inches (1.96m) tall and by the time he hit age 14, he added five more inches to the already intimidating height. His listed height is now 7 feet 2 inches (2.18 m) and he is still growing. A recent list of tallest active players in the NBA has Kristaps Porziņģis topping the list with his 7 feet 3 inches (2.21m) height. Other names like Salah Mejri (7 feet 1 inches/2.18m) make the list but none has broken the longstanding height record of Manute Bol and Romania’s Gheorghe Mureșan who both stood at 2.37 m.