A true son of his father, Bol Bol is looking for a place at the top of his game as a basketball player, a sport in which his father broke through several barriers. Bol, an American basketball player born in Sudan, currently plays in the middle position for the University of Oregon – Oregon Ducks team.
Born into one of the best the sport has ever seen, a lot is expected of Bol Bol and it doesn’t look like he has any plans to fall short of expectations. Still, he has some really big shoes to fill, because reaching half of 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 turned pro yet. You can read more about him and his father below.
Who Exactly is Bol Bol?
He was born in Khartoum, Sudan on November 16, 1999, and named 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 moved to Cairo, Egypt, with plans to immigrate to the United States, but were delayed due to visa problems. They later made it to Connecticut the next year and posed as refugees, and by this time Bol was 2 years old.
Inspired by his father, who played a key role in refining his skills, Bol started playing basketball at the age of 4 and also joined his father in the gym. As expected, he went to the basketball court in high school and graduated as one of the best players in the 2018 class.
His high school career began at Blue Valley Northwest High School, after which he moved to Bishop Miege High School. In his junior year, he played for Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, California, and finished that level as a player for Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada. His record arc in his final year shows a 20.4 point average, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. This achievement earned him the All-USA Boys Basketball’s second team award from USA Today High School Sports.
Bol Bol also played for the Oregon Ducks, which he joined in his first year of college in the 2018-19 season. Under head coach Dana Altman, Bol managed a double-double of 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks in 23 minutes during a game (his first in college) against Portland State.
Considering the short action he showed in college and his reputation in high school that preceded him, Bol was one of the best prospects for the 2019 NBA Draft. He injured his foot in a 66-54 victory over San Diego in December 2018 and then declared his intention to participate in 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 heyday. The former American basketball player, who was born in the Sudanese Islands, stood in a gigantic 7-foot (2.31 m) height, which made him one of the two greatest NBA stars ever to grace the court. He played for the University of Bridgeport and entered the big league (NBA) in 1985 after signing with the Washington Bullets. Other teams, he played for include the Golden State Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the 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 on June 19, 2010, from acute kidney failure and complications of Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
Bol Bol’s Height Compared to His Father’s
While Manute Bol stood at an official height of 2.31 m (7 feet) as a professional basketball player, his son Bol Bol is already within this range. As a seventh-grader, Bol Bol was 1.96m (7ft) tall and when he turned 14, he added another five centimeters to the already intimidating height. His listed height is now 7 feet 2 inches (2.18 meters) and he is still growing. A recent list of the biggest active players in the NBA has put Kristaps Porziņģis at the top of the list with his height of 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 meters). Other names such as Salah Mejri (7 feet 1 inches/2.18m) make the list, but none has broken the longstanding altitude record of Manute Bol and Romania’s Gheorghe Mureșan, both of whom were at 2.37m.