If we told you the late Manute Bol had a son in seventh grade who was 6′-5″, you wouldn’t be surprised. But if we told you Manute’s son has been described as having “amazing agility” with “great hands” and “runs the court well,” well, that would be surprising, and definitely a departure from his old man’s skills.
Bol Bol lives in Kansas City, Missouri in the United State of America who isn’t yet his dad’s size (7′-7″), but he could be on his way.
Bol is one of 10 children fathered by his dad, the late Manute, who died of kidney failure in 2010 at age 47.
Manute played in the NBA for 12 seasons with the Warriors, Washington Bullets, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. He and Gheorge Muresan are tied for being the tallest players in NBA history.
Old-school Warriors fans may remember one of the most bizarre sights in the history of basketball, when head coach Don Nelson, always in search of an advantageous matchup, would occasionally bring the 7-foot-7 Sudanese Tribesman outside the arc to shoot threes. Manute hit 20 of 91 attempts in the 1988-89 season. What a sight.
What Manute did very well, of course, was block shots. He swatted way 2,086 in his career, and none more than his rookie season when he blocked 397 in 80 games for the Bullets. That’s almost five blocks a game.
The younger Bol seems like he might be a bit more capable from beyond the arc, however, based on a few highights here. The behind-the-back dish to the kid for a baseline three illustrates some of his athleticism:
Here’s what the recruiting site iHigh.com had to say about Bol Bol:”…Appears to be out of the same mold as his late father (Manute Bol) in that hes a long, lanky, athletic shot blocker with amazing agility and coordination for somebody so big and so young. He also has great hands and excellent skills, plays with a lot of energy and runs the court extremely well, and, with his genes and pedigree, its only a matter of time before he becomes a 7-footer. In other words, were talking about a guy with super star written all over him and, based on his projected size, athleticism, and incredible upside and potential, its easy to see why we will have ranked among the top five players nationally in his class when later this week we publish our Ranking of the Top Player Nationally in the Class of 2018.”