Top-5 NBA prospect Bol out for season at Oregon
Oregon star freshman Bol Bol’s college career is over, he announced Thursday.
Bol has been sidelined for the last four games with a left foot injury and is unlikely to fully recover before the end of the season.
The son of former NBA center Manute Bol is expected to begin rehabilitation to be ready for pre-NBA draft workouts. The 7-foot-2 center is ranked No. 5 in ESPN’s draft rankings, slotting in as the No. 1 center in the class.
A former top-five recruit, Bol had been a dominant force during his nine healthy games in Eugene. He was averaging 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks. He logged four double-doubles — including a 32-point, 11-rebound performance in a loss to Texas Southern in late November.
Bol was also shooting 52.0 percent from 3-point range, an attribute that intrigues NBA executives because of his size.
Oregon (9-4) is off to a slower-than-expected start this season and will now move forward without the possibility of Bol returning. Freshman Francis Okoro has seen a boost in playing time since Bol’s injury, while the return to health of freshman Louis King has added another dimension to Oregon’s frontcourt.
The Ducks open Pac-12 play on Saturday at home against Oregon State.
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