Bol Bol’s combination of elite size, length, and shooting touch gives him tantalizing upside in the 2019 NBA Draft. At the same time, questions over his mobility, health, and frame threaten to derail his sky-high potential before it ever comes to fruition. Is Bol a future star hiding in plain sight or a draft bust waiting to happen?
Bol is the son of Manute Bol, the former NBA legend who became a beloved figure during his 10-year career as a 7’6 center who twice led the league in blocked shots. Bol was 10 years old when his father died, but he carries his legacy in his stark physical resemble and evolutionary skill set that feels grounded in the foundation of his father’s talent.
Bol chose to play for Oregon as a consensus top-five recruit in the class of 2019, but he never got to show the full breadth of his ability. A non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot ended Bol’s season after just nine games, a small sample yet one which showed everything that goes into making him the biggest boom-or-bust prospect in this draft.
It’s possible Bol’s lack of power and athletic fluidity means he gets run off the floor in a league that’s downsizing faster than ever. There’s an equal chance his incredible shot-making and shot-blocking ability at 7’2 with a 7’7 wingspan helps him develop into a unique weapon few teams could match up with.
Is the risk worth the reward? While there’s a valid argument to be made against Bol, this is case for gambling on his talent.