Oregon's Bol Bol officially enters draft after hiring agent

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Oregon center Bol Bol (1) looks on before a college basketball game between the Oregon Ducks and the USC Trojans on February 21, 2019 at Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Bol Bol, who played just nine games at Oregon before succumbing to a season-ending foot injury, hired an agent and will declare for the NBA draft (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

When Oregon’s Bol Bol suffered an unfortunate season-ending foot injury in January, it was a foregone conclusion that he had played his final game in a Ducks uniform after just nine appearances.

On Friday, he made it official. According to ESPN, the 7-foot-2 center hired an agent in preparation for an NBA career.

Bol, who was on the bench supporting his teammates Thursday as the Ducks were bounced from the NCAA tournament, is expected to be a lottery pick. His length, combined with his shooting ability (he shot 52 percent from 3-point range with Oregon) should make NBA teams drool.

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Bol is the son of Manute Bol, a basketball legend in his own right. But the younger Bol should pave his own legacy. In nine games at Oregon, he averaged 21 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks, leading the team in all categories.

While he is on track for a successful professional career, we can only wonder whether Oregon’s unexpected run in March Madness would still be going had Bol not gone down. Without their best player, the Ducks won the Pac-12 tournament to claim a spot in the NCAA tournament and made it to the Sweet 16 before seeing their 10-game win streak end on Thursday to No. 1 Virginia.

Bol’s Oregon career may have been brief, but we’ll be saying his name a lot more in the NBA.

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