Kentucky’s chances with five-star center Bol Bol have heated up in recent weeks thanks to some damage control by the UK Basketball staff.
In the wake of reports that Bol was still upset over being cut from John Calipari’s U19 National Team this summer, assistant coach Kenny Payne went to Bol’s school in Santa Ana, California to visit him on Tuesday, per Chris Fisher. Payne played with Bol’s father, the late great Manute Bol, for the Philadelphia 76ers in the early 90’s, and presumably made the trip to smooth over any concerns prior to Bol’s official visit for Big Blue Madness next week.
As we’ve noted, the decision not to include Bol on the U19 National Team was not entirely Calipari’s to make. A committee of coaches picked the final roster, and, per FIBA regulations, only one naturalized citizen was allowed. The group of coaches decided to go with Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie, a Nigerian native, who has college experience, over Bol.
After Payne’s visit, Kentucky’s picking up momentum in Bol’s Crystal Ball, with Jerry Meyer predicting UK to land him late last night. Hmm…
|Center||7-2 | 220Â lbs.||Santa Ana, CA||Mater Dei/Cal Supreme|
|ESPN: 4 | 1 C||Top 247: 4 | 1 C||Rivals: 3||Scout: 2 | 1 C|