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EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon men's basketball got a commitment from the biggest recruit in program history Monday when the nation's No. 2 prospect said he's coming to Eugene to play for the Ducks.
Bol Bol, the son of 7-foot-7 former NBA player Manute Bol, is ranked No. 2 by Scout.com, No. 3 by 247Sports composite rankings and No. 4 by ESPN. The previous highest-rated recruit in Oregon history was Malik Hairston, who was ranked No. 7 overall when he committed in 2004.
He joins a class that already has commitments from five-star forward Louis King, and two four-star prospects in Will Richardson and Miles Norris. According to Scout/247 Sports Basketball Recruiting expert Evan Daniels, the Ducks' recruiting class now ranks No.1 in the country.
Oregon is now ranked as the No. 1 in 247Sports 2018 Class Rankings with the addition of Bol Bol to Louis King, Will Richardson & Miles Norris.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) November 20, 2017
Bol made the announcement in an article for The Players' Tribune. He wrote that the decision came down to Oregon or Kentucky.
"Next year, I'll be an Oregon Duck. About a week after I made my official visit to Eugene, I knew that that was where I wanted to go," he wrote.
VIDEO: Bol Bol, 2017 highlights
Bol added that his initial meetings with Ducks assistant coach Tony Stubblefield were instrumental in helping him make his decision.
"I didn’t know much about the school until I started getting recruited by Oregon’s assistant coach, Tony Stubblefield. And then later by Coach Altman," Bol wrote. "... It was really those first few meetings with Coach Stubblefield that impressed me the most. He was accessible. He got to know me. He was really real with me.
"And he was honest about the fact that Oregon has never really gotten a top recruit when it was between the Kentuckys and Dukes. He didn’t shy away from that. What he did was lay out the vision they had for me."
Bol, a 7-foot-1, 225-pound center, recently transferred from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, Nevada. ESPN's scouting report notes that he has a 7-8 wingspan and 9-6 standing reach. He projects as an elite rim protector like his father, who averaged 3.3 blocks per game during his NBA career.
"Bol has an elite combination of size, length, skill, and athleticism. He runs fluidly and covers the court with long strides. He's a very good shooter who stretches opposing defenses and shows equally good touch around the rim with both hands and a series of floaters and half-hooks," the scouting report reads.
Bol shot 43 percent from the 3-point line and 82 percent at the free-throw line in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. The scouting report also mentions that he is a good ball-handler for his size and has good passing instincts.
He is projected by NBADraft.net as the No. 4 overall selection in the 2019 NBA draft.