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Five-star Bol Bol realizing vast potential

Bol Bol
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EMERSON, Ga. – During his junior season, five-star big man Bol Bol made the move from Kansas to California. Ever since, his game has flourished and big-time programs have been offering scholarships.

The son of former NBA player Manute Bol, Bol has been building his own legacy thanks to an absolutely dominant run in Nike's EYBL. The 7-foot-2 junior at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei is averaging 25.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game for California Supreme.

Bol has always oozed talent, but his production has caught up to his ability.

"I'm just playing better competition," Bol said. "That's really it, playing against a lot better people is helping. Being happy helps a lot. Some people can play mad but I don't like to play mad."

Because of the way he has been playing combined with his freaky size and skill, Bol has built a legitimate argument to be considered at least a top-three prospect in the class of 2018.

"I'm just trying my best," Bol said. "I'm big but I can go inside and outside."

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When Bol left for California he had offers from Creighton, Kansas and St. John's. Since then he added Arizona, USC and Oregon. In the last week, Kentucky and UCLA have extended offers as well.

"At first I didn't believe it and I thought it was a joke," said Bol of the Kentucky offer. "It was kind of cool. They are always good every year and always have good players. Everybody that goes there goes to the NBA."

Bol also likes what he sees from the Bruins.

"I love the school and their program," Bol said. "My relationship with the coaches is all right."

Bol hopes to get to Arizona soon and mentioned that five-star summer teammate and Wildcats' commit Shareef O'Neal has been working on him.

The other campus that he saw during the winter was USC.

"I took a visit there and it was pretty good," Bol said. "I liked the campus and I have a pretty good relationship with the coaches and they came to my school and visited me."

With big-time college attention, a flourishing game and the world seemingly at his fingertips, Bol is in no rush to make any kind of decision. Finishing the school year strong is the priority.

"I'm just taking my time and still focusing on school right now," he said. "I'm pretty far (from a decision)."