Top NBA prospect Bol Bol, the son of former Washington Bullets center Manute Bol, will be forced to sit out the rest of his freshman season at Oregon with a left foot injury, Shams Charania reported Thursday afternoon.
Bol, the No. 4 overall recruits of 2018 according to the ESPN 100, played in just nine games for the Ducks, averaging 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, all team-highs.
The 7-2 center is considered by many to be a potential lottery pick due to his ability to handle the ball and shoot the 3-pointer, all while standing well above seven-feet-tall. But big men with foot issues are among the riskiest commodities in the draft, which might make Bol slide into a spot where the Wizards would be able to select him.
While the 2018-19 season is far from over, the Wizards could end up with a decent lottery pick, somewhere in the No. 6 - No. 12 range, which would put them in an advantageous position to select Bol.
NBADraft.net has Bol going No. 4 overall to the Bulls, two picks ahead of the Wizards at No. 6 in its latest mock draft. Sports Illustrated projects Bol at No. 9 to the Hawks, three picks after the Wizards at No. 6.
Bol posted a note on Twitter after the news of his injury broke, thanking Ducks coach Dana Altman and Oregon fans.
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 💚💛thank you #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/qYnjKO0p6x— Bol (@bolmanutebol) January 3, 2019
"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," Bol wrote. "But thank you for all those who rocking with me and all Oregon fans."
Bol's lawyer provided some information to The Athletic's Shams Charania on the severity of Bol's injury, which required surgery.
Bol's lawyer, Bryan J. Freedman: "At surgery, two screws were inserted into the navicular bone and bone graft from his pelvis was added to speed up the healing, which will expedite his return to play." https://t.co/Uzid1p5PjE— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 4, 2019
Bol's father, who past away in 2010, played for the Bullets from 1985-88, returning briefly during the 1993-94 season.
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