Bol Bol: Intelligence
Our scouting grades represent the composite opinion of at least three different scouts. Each category is graded based on how we view a player’s current ability level relative to NBA players at the same position (guard, wing, forward or big). A grade of 1 indicates replacement level, a grade of 5 indicates NBA average, and a grade of 10 indicates historically elite. Our composite scouting notes help provide context for our grades.
Bol’s passing suggests that he has a good grasp of where his teammates and defenders are. He is able to throw some impressive passes out of the high and low post and can read a defense and find the open man while on the move. One of his greatest strengths is understanding when he is open and using his shooting ability to knock down open looks or his gravity to create for teammates. Overall, he has a great (almost guard-like) feel and understanding of the game.
Bol doesn't force the issue and is aware of where his shooters are and will be. His shot selection isn’t always the best, sometimes electing to take contested mid-range shots early in the shot clock. When he is engaged on defense, he is able to rotate and help at the rim on drives and provide a deterrent for many probing perimeter players.
Bol is a good decision maker on offense, for the most part. He has a little trouble with working for the best shot (probably exacerbated by the fact that he can shoot over everyone, always, at the NCAA level) and will often settle for a contested look. He is, however, a very capable and willing passer from the high post and usually makes the right read. He is adept at using his own gravity (both vertical and horizontal) to create space for teammates, often taking an extra dribble to force help as he gets into the paint. Defensively he isn't forced to make many decisions because his assigned role is to protect the rim and alter shots.
Bol is more decisive on offense than on defense. He does a good job moving the ball quickly when he is well covered, and shoots without hesitation when he’s open on the perimeter. Defensively his rotations are often late and as a result can leave him imbalanced, which can lead to high percentage looks for the offense.
Anticipation (A to C)
Bol displays solid anticipation when defending around the rim, with a good sense of timing on his blocks. On the perimeter he’s less comfortable, often failing to anticipate the offensive player’s intentions. Offensively, he seems to be limited to simple A-to-B reads and straightforward attacks.