DNA for the NBA - Bol Bol

Published by David on 9th March - 20:40 (CET)
We all know that our genes are involved in a lot of aspects of why we become who we are, but in some cases the effect of genes is more apparent than others. To highlight some of the most extreme cases of gene superiority we will introduce "DNA for the NBA" - a recurring segment on kids of current or former NBA players seemingly predestined to follow in their fathers' footsteps.

For our first installation of DNA for the NBA we will take a look at Bol Bol, son of former NBA big man Manute Bol from Sudan who sadly passed away in 2010.

Manute, who stood 2.31 meters (7'7") tall, was drafted in the second round of the 1985 NBA draft and was best known for his shot-blocking ability. With an impressive 3.34 blocks per game over his career he trails only Mark Eaton (3.5) in the history of the league. He is also the only player to have more blocks than points (2.6) per game on his career which highlights his rather one-sided style of play.

His son, Bol Bol, is not quite as tall as his dad or great-great-grandad who is said to have been 2.39 meters (7’10”) tall, is 17 years old and still a hefty 2.15 meters (7'1"). He is currently playing in Mater Dei High School in California and averaging 17 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. He has shown some promising ball-handling skills and displays a much better shooting stroke than his father who, despite once hitting six threes in a half only averaged 21% from deep.

Bol will be part of the 2018 college class along with Shareef O’Neal, son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, and has received multiple offers from top universities such as UCLA, USC and Kansas. Ranked fifteenth in the nation in his high school class, experts predict that Bol will return to his hometown Kansas to play college ball for the Jayhawks in '18.

If he manages to top his father's successes only time will tell, but in the meantime I feel bad for his high school opponents!

Bol Bol can ball ball

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