Bol stands out at Nike Peach Jam

NORTH AUGUSTA — Bol Bol stood on his toes and grabbed the ball over two opponents, drawing a buzz from fans standing on the upstairs track.

 

For those who lined the courts at Riverview Park Activities Center this week to watch Bol at the Nike Peach Jam, it’s exactly what they came to see.

It’s easy to spot the fourth-ranked high school player in the 2018 class. Standing 7-foot-2 with impossibly long limbs, Bol can be seen across the building despite tall players and coaches filling the halls.

Young fans ask for photos and autographs. Major college coaches keep a watchful eye on him during games.

Bol takes it all in stride.

“It’s a lot of pressure, but I’ve gotten used to it. It’s nothing new,” Bol said.

The California prep product, playing for famed Mater Dei High School, also has the added pressure that comes with his last name. He’s the son of Manute Bol, who played parts of 12 seasons in the NBA and was known for his 7-foot-7 stature.

Manute died in 2010 and his son is looking to carry on the Bol legacy in basketball. He emulates certain parts of his father’s game, including the surprising ability to knock down the occasional 3-pointer, but he smiled when asked what he takes from Manute’s game the most.

“Blocking shots,” Bol said.

Bol has done his share at this week’s Peach Jam for California Supreme. He started with a 28-point showing that included nine rebounds and four blocks, then posted 25 points and 11 boards in his second game before fatigue and struggles set in later in the week.

The toll of a Peach Jam schedule showed, but coaches got a glimpse of Bol’s ability as a dominant player under the basket. It’s why he has upcoming visits to Arizona, Kentucky and Oregon on the schedule, with more after that.

“I’ll probably start taking visits after the Peach Jam,” he said. “I’m definitely open. I don’t have my mind set.”

 

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