Top Prospect Bol Bol Ruled Out For Rest Of Season

4:59pm: Projected first-round pick Bol Bol has confirmed he will miss the rest of the season, writing on social media, “Playing for my dream school under my favorite Coach Altman has been the Best part of my life and sadly it has come to end sooner than I would Like, but thank you for all those who rocking with me & all Oregon fans.” 

Bol Bol underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, who adds that he’s expected to miss at least 8-10 weeks and return to full basketball activities this summer.

12:38pm: Oregon center Bol Bol may not return this season for the Ducks, according to Matt Prehm of 247Sports.com, who hears from sources that Bol is dealing with a stress fracture in his left foot. According to Prehm, a final decision has yet to be made, but multiple sources say they don’t expect Bol to get back on the court in 2018/19.

“I would be completely shocked if Bol played the rest of this year,” one source told Prehm. Another source indicated that the 19-year-old, who has already sat out Oregon’s last four games, will definitely miss at least the next couple weeks and is “highly doubtful” to appear in any games beyond that.

Bol, a 7’2″ freshman, was off to a great start this season for Oregon, averaging 21.0 PPG on .570/.520/.757 shooting through nine games. The versatile big man also contributed 9.6 RPG and 2.7 BPG.

In their most recent 2019 mock draft at ESPN.com, Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz had Bol coming off the board at No. 5. Jeremy Woo of SI.com, who updated his big board earlier today, ranked Bol ninth, citing concerns about the youngster’s “rail-thin build” and “oft-questioned work ethic.”

Health concerns would only increase the uncertainty surrounding Bol’s stock, so it probably makes sense for him to play it safe and avoid the risk of aggravating his foot issue further by rushing back for Oregon.

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17 thoughts on “Top Prospect Bol Bol Ruled Out For Rest Of Season

  1. That is a blow, I really hoped he might be the #3-4 come the draft behind Zion &/or RJ & Reddish. I really think this kid is gonna be great, watching him play is awesome, reminds me of KP6, really exciting. If his stock drops in the draft for health concerns, it will only mean that someone will get a steal in the draft, way better than the position should grant (a la Denver with MPJ this year)

    • GuruGray

      It might be better for a kid with his build to go to a better team where he can ease his way into games and not have to rush back if this requires surgery. Hope the best for him

  2. Sports Illustrated has Ja Morant of Murray State, no. 3 in most recent mock draft, and Kevin Porter of USC, no. 5 who is also injured, as the risers in their most recent mock draft. They still have Nazr Little, who people have been asking North Carolina coach why he isn’t starting, is still at no.6.

  3. Looks like a prospect for the Warriors, they’re big on drafting injured guys who can’t play for a year or two.

  4. A typical stress fracture would heal long before the draft (and the pre-draft workouts). This shouldn’t be a draft issue.

      • hiflew

        That’s true. So draft him and in around three years you have a 1 in about 1,000 chance of becoming an All Star. Well two in 1,000 if you count Bill Walton as well. Regardless, the odds are against success happening. Better to let the other guy take that risk.

  5. x%sure

    Stock stock improves by leaving the program? How about hanging out at the 3pt line instead late in the season. Show some toughness & adaptability.

    • There’s a difference in being hurt and being injured. Bol is injured and could do himself long-term damage without his foot healing properly. Shutting it down in what may be his only college season shows more toughness in my opinion

      • x%sure

        He didn’t wait for healing. He just shut it down right away, probably a pattern.

    • x%sure

      Africa is as lame as Bol Bol’s left foot. So is his name, effort, and durability. Somebody will draft him high though and he’ll be rich.

      • Dude you don’t like euro guys or africans, what’s your problem? The NBA is such a better league since so many foreign guys play & star in there. They have made it better, usually are better technically.

  6. Guest617

    returning to school would be the right choice- instead he’ll rush back and develop chronic pain

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