Bol Bol: Background

Background bullet points:

  • Home Country: Born in Sudan

    • JUST LIKE: Manute Bol, Alexander Siddig (actor), Luol Deng

  • Hometown: Olathe, Kansas

    • The Bol family moved to Kansas when Bol Bol was seven, a city with a large refugee population

    • JUST LIKE: George Washington Carver, Buddy Rogers, Darren Sproles, Willie Cauley-Stein

  • High School: Findlay Prep (NV)

    • JUST LIKE: Avery Bradley, Cory Joseph, Dillon Brooks, P.J. Washington

  • Famous Father

    • Bol is the son of former NBA star Manute Bol. Manute is best known for his shot-blocking, a 7’7” center who is the only NBA player to block more shots than points scored

    • Manute was also well known for his humanitarian work as he was a human rights activist in Sudan and for Sudanese refugees worldwide

    • Manute passed away in 2010 from kidney disease.

  • Born into Fire

    • Bol Bol was born in Khartoum, Sudan where his father was living after retirement. When he was two his father was accused of being an American spy and his family became refugees, blocked from traveling to America. They spent time in Egypt stranded before making it to America as political refugees

  • Namesake

    • Bol Bol was named after his great-grandfather, a noted Dinka chief named Bol Chol Bol

  • Sorry Cal

    • Bol Bol was one of the finalists for the 2017 FIBA U19 USA team, but was cut by head coach John Calipari

    • Later that year Bol chose Oregon over Coach Cal’s Kentucky

  • Doctor’s Note

    • Bol Bol is out for the rest of the season at Oregon with a stress fracture to his navicular bone, and he elected for surgery to repair the issue

    • Other players with similar injuries include Michael Jordan, Joel Embiid, Marc Gasol and Yao Ming

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