Oregon freshman star Bol Bol has seen his college career cut short after undergoing season-ending surgery.
The 19-year-old, projected to be a top-five NBA Draft pick this year, announced on Thursday that playing for dream school Oregon had come to an end, with his lawyer Bryan J. Freedman providing details regarding the operation via The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Bol had been out with a left foot injury, missing his school's last four games as a result. And, having undergone surgery, he isn't expected to recover before the end of the season.
Playing for my dream school under my favorite Coach Altman has been the Best part of my life and sadly it has come to end sooner than I would Like but thank you for all those who rocking with me & all Oregon fans 💚💛thank you #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/qYnjKO0p6x— Bol (@bolmanutebol) January 3, 2019
"Playing for my dream school under my favorite Coach Altman has been the Best part of my life and sadly it has come to end sooner than I would Like but thank you for all those who rocking with me & all Oregon fans thank you," Bol tweeted on Thursday.
Despite the disappointment, the player has every intention to enter the 2019 draft.
Bol is listed at No.5 in ESPN's draft rankings and is No.1 as a center in his class. The son of former NBA big man Manute Bol, the tallest player in league history at 7ft 7in, the youngster was a top-five recruit and averaged 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in his nine healthy games.
He was also shooting an impressive 52 percent from beyond the arc.
"Bol had been treating this injury wearing a walking boot for the past few weeks and although his foot pain completely resolved, repeated imaging studies revealed that the fracture was healing very slowly," Freedman said in a statement. "At surgery, 2 screws were inserted into the navicluar bone and bone graft from his pelvis was added to speed up the healing which will expedite his return to play."
Full statement from Oregon freshman Bol Bol’s lawyer, prominent Hollywood sports and entertainment attorney Bryan J. Freedman: pic.twitter.com/jEOwIfetVN— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 4, 2019
What This Means
The Sudan-born star's ordeal is certainly disheartening, especially for the Ducks and the Pac-12.
The conference has endured one of its worst starts to a college basketball season and the Ducks haven't fared very well either. Losing their 7ft 2in superstar leaves them with a huge gap to fill and their other players will need to step up in a major way.
As for Bol's draft chances, he is likely to slip down, but not very far as there are many NBA teams who would still take him injured as they know what they can get from him when he's healthy.