The 2019 NBA Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2019 NBA Draft. Oregon center Bol Bol only had a short amount of time in college, but is still a coveted NBA Draft prospect.
2018-2019 stats: 21.0 points per game, 9.6 rebounds per game, 1.0 assists per game, 0.8 steals per game, 2.7 blocks per game, 56.1% FG, 52.0% 3pt
Size: 7-foot-2, 208 pounds
Bol Bol has been on NBA executives’ radars for years now given that he is the son of former NBA player Manute Bol and has had some crazy highlight videos due to his unique skill set. He was a highly sought-after high school prospect and decided to play his one year of college basketball at Oregon.
He took college basketball by storm by averaging 21 points over the first nine games of the college basketball season. Bol presented a matchup problem for a lot of his opponents in the short amount of time he was able to play. His season was cut short by a stress fracture in his foot and he soon after declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.
Bol is a prospect that is different from others in many ways, but wasn’t able to prove himself through a full season of college basketball. He is still projected to be selected in the first half of the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft.
His height and length will make him hard to guard in the NBA. At 7-foot-2 with a wingspan of over 7-feet-7-inches, Bol is bigger than most centers he will be facing next season. This is especially true with teams going smaller and smaller. Because he is so tall and long, he will be able to do a lot of things for a team next season. This allows him to be a good rim protector, as he blocked 2.7 shots per game in college.
Bol has a unique skill set because he can do a lot of things that guards are able to do. His ball-handling ability is excellent for a player his height. He can be given the ball in transition and handle it well. Bol can also get to the basket, taking players off the dribble.
The reason that Bol could fit in more than most bigs in today’s NBA is his shooting range. He shot 52 percent from three-point range at Oregon. He has good range, as he can hit shots from well beyond the three-point line. His ability to spread the floor and hit shots will make an offense more dynamic.
Injuries will be the biggest concern with Bol. For bigger players, foot injuries are always scarier, as they have a chance to be reinjured. The stress fracture should be healed well enough, but the concern about the future will be there for Bol.
Play strength will be a major weakness for Bol. He was listed at 235 pounds at Oregon, but at the NBA Combine he weighed in at 208 pounds. In the NBA, Bol is in danger of losing post positioning, fights for rebounds and more. He’ll need to be in the weight room a lot early in his career to help his development.
Bol is not a great passer out of the post and turns the ball over too much. He only averaged one assist per game in college, which was bad considering defenses had to collapse on him in the paint to try to stop him. If he can become a better passer out of the post, he will cut down his turnovers and also make the offense he is playing on better.
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