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Bol Bol gets a visit from Kenny Payne

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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…

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Center 7-2 | 220 lbs. Santa Ana, CA Mater Dei/Cal Supreme
ESPN: 4 | 1 C Top 247: 4 | 1 C Rivals: 3 Scout: 2 | 1 C

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15 Comments for Bol Bol gets a visit from Kenny Payne

  1. BlueGrass
    11:22 am October 6, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t know how good he’ll actually be on the court, but I really would like to get this kid. Just seems fun to have a bunch of video of his father playing and the name, etc. Good times ahead.

  2. Sentient Third Eye
    11:28 am October 6, 2017 Permalink

    GIven his recruiting rankings across the board, it’s fair to say he is an elite recruit.

  3. IAmTheDanger
    11:56 am October 6, 2017 Permalink

    Why did UK wait so long to make this push for Bol….sounds like they should have made this move to smooth things over with him a while back.

    • BlueSteel
      12:04 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

      Just like any relationship – You can talk all day & try to force things but true understanding occurs when that other person is really ready to receive what you have to say.

    • IAmTheDanger
      12:21 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

      I think he has been enamored with Cal and UK for some time but it just never seemed like UK really reached out to him. They attended a few games of his but always seemed like they were luke warm with him at best. Like I’ve said before though, they know what they’re doing….I’m just watching from the sidelines.

  4. catsby90.1
    12:25 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    Will he come even if O’Neal does first?

    • IAmTheDanger
      12:42 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

      I definitely think so….sounds like they are both going to attend Big Blue Madness next weekend. Bol is 7’3 and even tough they list him as a F, obviously he is a true center. O’Neill is a 6’9 F and he is definitely a top tier athlete, but he most likely is a 2 year player at UK.

    • J-Dub421
      1:47 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

      By all accounts Bol and O’Neal are buddies, so that shouldn’t be an issue.

  5. runningunnin.454
    1:03 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    I think Kenny will reel him in; it seems Bol has wanted UK for some time, and Kenny being a teammate of his Dad’s can only help.

  6. CatManDo
    1:53 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    Looks like he is playing in my folks family room with that wood paneling.

  7. TBW3011
    2:57 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    Kid always wanted to be here. His feelings got hurt, it’s been smoothed over and now he’s ours again if Cal wants him.

  8. Kat4Life
    5:01 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    This kid is a player. We can absolutely use him. And you cannot coach 7’2”

  9. 4everUKblue
    5:30 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    Bring it on home KP!