Bol is a arguably the most high-risk high-reward prospect in this draft class. His skills at his size are almost unprecedented, but he comes with questions over his body and his mentality.
Height: 7’0.75” without shoes, 7’2.5” in shoes
Standing reach: 9’7.5”
Weight: 208 pounds
Strengths: Offensive skill level, shooting touch, rim protection
Bol’s offensive skill set and fluidity at his size immediately jump out. He’s a three level scorer. He has soft hands and has the reach and athleticism to be a nearly unstoppable dive man in the pick and roll.
He has incredible shooting touch. In his nine games at Oregon, Bol converted on 52% of his 25 3-point attempts and 75.7% of his 37 free throws. He’s a threat in pick and pop situations and has the handle to get to mid range spots and hit pull-up jumpers and floaters if he’s run off the 3-point line. He doesn’t have the strength to post up too often and he’s very right hand dominant, but he has great touch around the basket with little floaters and baby hooks.
Bol isn’t going to be a play maker on offense, but he has a decent enough handle to grab and go off rebounds and is a willing passer in the half court.
Defensively, Bol inherited his father’s shot blocking prowess. The son of Maunte Bol blocked 3.6 shots per 40 minutes in his time Oregon. Given Bol’s length and athleticism, that should translate seamlessly to the NBA level.
Question marks: Strength, injury concerns, effort
Bol’s biggest question mark is as obvious as his biggest strength. After being listed at 235 pounds entering his freshman season at Oregon, he weighed in at just 208 pounds at the combine. For perspective, Moses Brown measured in just a half inch taller than Bol and outweighs him by nearly 30 pounds. His frame is narrow, so it’s unlikely that he’ll be able add too much weight without becoming even more of an injury risk. He’ll likely get pushed around on both ends of the court, and that could severely hamper his skill level.
Bol only played nine games at Oregon before sitting out the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his foot. Foot injuries are always major concerns with bigs, especially if they’re causing issues so early in their careers. Combine the foot injury with Bol’s frail frame, and you get major questions about his ability to hold up over an 82 game season.
Bol’s effort and work ethic are also worrisome. He floats on the perimeter and can shy away from contact on the offensive end of the court. According to ESPN’s scouting report, there were questions about his work ethic and approach to the game coming into college.
Bol has an incredible combination of size and skill that give him the potential to be a dominant force on both ends of the court. The question is whether or not his body and his mentality will let him unlock his potential. He could be Kristaps Porzingis, or he could be Thon Maker.
For the Hornets, Bol could check off two needs if he were to reach his potential. He provides a second scoring option when teams focus their defensive attention on Walker, and he provides a shot blocking presence at the rim that the Hornets have badly needed.