ROELAND PARK, Kan. — Bigger isn’t always better, but it certainly draws attention. Such is the case for one high school basketball player from Bishop Miege High School.
For many teenage boys, high school basketball is the biggest thing in their world. That’s certainly the case for Miege ninth grader Bol Bol, who at 15 years old is already 6-feet-10 inches tall.
If his name sounds familiar, it’s because of his famous father, the late Manute Bol, who at 7-feet-7, spent 11 seasons as one of the NBA’s tallest players ever.
Bol transferred to Miege after spending time at Olathe Northwest. His family’s strong Catholic faith led him to that school’s classes, and his hopes to play big time basketball led him to the school’s tradition-rich gym.
“I’m kind of used to it because of my dad. People ask me a lot of questions,” Bol explained. “How tall are you? Who’s your dad? How old are you?”
As a pro player, Manute Bol was a force to be reckoned with, making the most of a tall, thin frame to excel, and while he played, he raised worldwide awareness about famine in his native Sudan. His son has many of the same talents, but his head coach, Rich Zych, says he needs time to grow.
“He’s an intriguing young player with his size and his skill set,” Zych explained. “He’s growing as a player and as a person. We just need to keep him going in the right direction.”
“Sometimes, I’m not on time to practice,” Bol said. “Other times, I don’t show up. They always teach me to do it better.”
For the time being, Bol is a junior varsity player. KHSHAA rules say he won’t be eligible to play varsity basketball until February. Bol knows he’s maturing, and he sees a happy ending to his story.
“Going to the NBA.” Bol said. “Doing what my dad did.”
For the time being, Bol has four years of high school basketball ahead of him, where he could take his team to new heights.
Bol’s varsity teammates from Miege meet up with Hogan Prep on Wednesday night. The Stags have opened the season on a perfect pace at (3-0) so far.