And just like that, the most interesting player in college basketball has been temporarily snuffed out.
Bol Bol, the 7-2 stud who's far more than just a sharp-shooting curiosity and comes from beyond-impressive bloodlines, has unfortunately inherited a bit of fragility, too.
Bol's foot injury has now spiraled into something that needs season-ending surgery, and he confirmed the rumors from earlier on Thursday by noting that he'll now be switching his focus to the NBA Draft.
“I’m coming back 100x harder & for all the people who doubt me and hate on me keep on doing it”— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 3, 2019
Bol Bol to have season-ending surgery on left foot and will begin rehab process for 2019 NBA draft, per @ShamsCharania pic.twitter.com/d6g3rQRtsW
No Pac-12 slate after all for the most intriguing player in the conference.
We wish the enigmatic and powerful Bol didn't have haters to rebuke at this age, but he's always going to hear the noise, as long as people judge him based on his frame and not his potential for growth.
His father Manute Bol was one of the most unique physical specimens to ever set foot on the playing field in any sport, and it's not a stretch to say that his son looks like his reincarnation at this point, indoctrinated in the modern game (though the patriarch could hit threes, too, when given the chance).
Source confirms @MattPrehm's report on Bol Bol. Sounds like he'll be good to go for pre-draft workouts but is unlikely to risk coming back late in the Pac-12 at less than 100%. Fact that he played well and established himself as a likely top-10 guy barring medical red flags helps pic.twitter.com/AWNZv5c4ng— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) January 3, 2019
We can't wait to see how is game and body grow. Not this year, though.