BY JEFF SLADE
The late Manute Bol was one of the greatest shot blockers in NBA history standing at 7’7. It appears he’s passed it down to his son.
In a 12-year career, including four with the Washington Bullets, Bol is still the only player in the league’s history to record more blocked shots than points.
Manute’s son, Bol Bol, has already reached 6’11 at 15 years old, currently only a rising sophomore in high school.
Although his father had a limited offensive game, Bol Bol from his highlight tape looks to be a very capable shooter and ball handler, especially for a 15 year old already with the height of an NBA center.
He also recalls fond memories of his dad, as he swats away shots with ease and dunks over helpless defenders.
Take a look:
Unsurprisingly, Bol is listed by ESPN as an early five star recruit for the 2018 recruiting class.
If there were a knock on Bol at this stage, it would likely be his strength. At 6’11, he weighs in at just 180 pounds; however there remains plenty of time for him to add on some weight before he even sees a college floor.
There’s also no telling how much more the younger Bol will grow. After all, he’s still only 15 years old.
If he continues to grow anywhere around his father’s height, and he improves upon an already tremendous skillset, Bol Bol won’t have to look hard to find the big stage…it’ll quickly find him.
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Rui Hachimura continued his dominance in international friendlies Saturday as he put up 31 points and five rebounds in a winning effort over Germany.
After a highlight-reel performance in Thursday's loss to Argentina, Hachimura was back at it two days later.
That block at the 37-second mark is just filthy. It would also be goaltending in the NBA, but FIBA rules allow players to touch the ball at pretty much any time once it's made contact with some part of the hoop. Nevertheless, the athleticism to make this play is what stands out.
But Hachimura wasn't finished.
He looks more like Steph Curry leading that breakaway, dribbling behind his back and finishing at the rim himself than a 6-foot-8 forward.
With the international friendly schedule at its end, Japan will tip off the 2020 FIBA World Cup on Sunday, Sept. 1 against Turkey. After a matchup with the Czech Republic, Hachimura and Japan will take on his future NBA opponents when they face the United States on Sept. 5.
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Before he joined the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a blockbuster summer that saw them land Anthony Davis, before he won the NBA Finals as a role player with the Golden State Warriors, and before he averaged double-digit scoring and won the NCAA tournament at Duke, Quinn Cook was a star point guard at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md.
Cook was in town this week for his fourth annual youth basketball camp at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover. NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller sat down with the former Stag, who he’s known since the now-Lakers guard was 14 years old, on the Wizards Talk podcast.
Miller talked with Cook about why he feels connected to kids in the local community and what it was like losing his father as a teenager. One of his closest friends is fellow DeMatha product Victor Oladipo, who helped him get through the loss of his father Ted when he died suddenly in 2008 after going into a coma following a colon procedure.
“My best friend Norman and Victor, their parents took them out of school, and they were with me for two weeks,” Cook said. “At the funeral, [head coach Mike] Jones had the entire DeMatha basketball program…come to the funeral and all sit together [with] their uniforms on.”
Cook also went on to talk about his time at Duke, the viral video in which he convinced some people at the mall he was J Cole and his obsession with winning before going into how he landed in Los Angeles this offseason.
“When Golden State withdrew their qualifying offer, I became unrestricted and had some teams call me and the Lakers thing, it just happened quick,” Cook said. “I had talks with them, AD called me, [LeBron James] called Rob Palinka for me, and Coach K called them, talked to Bron and stuff and we got it done.”
Check out the full podcast below and listen to Miller talk hoops every week on the Wizards Talk podcast.
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