Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal's allegiance to big men has taken a confusing turn.
O'Neal told Complex he would build a franchise around former Oregon center Bol Bol, the No. 44 pick in Thursday's NBA draft, over No. 1 pick and Duke standout Zion Williamson.
O'Neal had an obvious bias, having seen Bol up close when the 7-foot-2 big man was playing alongside his son, Shareef O'Neal, on the same AAU team, California Supreme, which O'Neal helped coach several years ago.
"I don't even think I go with Zion," O'Neal said in a pre-draft interview when asked who he'd build a team around. "Believe it or not, I'd go with Bol Bol. Him and Shareef are friends and I've seen the potential what this kid can do. For example, when I was his coach in AAU, we never lost. He's got it all. He's (7-2), can shoot, dribble, can pass. Nobody really knows it because he was always hurt."
Bol averaged 21.6 points and 9.6 rebounds in nine collegegames before suffering a season-ending foot injury. That gave scouts a small sample size and the questions around the injuries played a part in Bol slipping from a once-projected lottery pick to middle of the second round.