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Video: Manute Bol’s son is taller, better at basketball than you

Oct 10, 2012, 12:50 AM EDT

Generally, I would not say a seventh grader is better than you at anything, save maybe Lego Star Wars for the Wii, but this is the exception.

Meet Bol Bol, son of NBA player Manute Bol — he is a 6’5″ seventh grader already catching the eye of recruiters (which is a little disturbing but different topic). The video above shows some shooting range and touch for the kid — apparently more than his dad, who was  Manute hit 20 of 91 attempts from in the 1988-89 season when Don Nelson decided to have Bol as the big stretching the floor in Golden State. The younger Bol certainly seems more fluid athletically than his father. found the video and also found a recruiting Web site that has Bol Bol as the likely kid at the top of the class of 2018. Again, I find it disturbing that somebody is tracking that. But then again, I’m running the video…


  1. badintent - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Kurt , thanks for the video, I think you the one that disturbed. Not Bol or agents that see this kid will be the next Jabbar

  2. 00maltliquor - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Need to bring that ball up more when shooting young man.

    • money2long - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      i’m pretty sure, for those of us that played, we all had awkward shooting forms in junior high. naturally, as you get stronger, watch the game and play the game more, you tend to get a better feel for how you want your shot to look. but yea, practice makes perfect. he definitely has to work on it like you say. but i won’t criticize it because of the stage of the game he’s in now. he’s still a baby.

  3. moseskkim - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    I think I can beat him. Hehe

    • nokoolaidcowboy - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:20 AM

      …not even on NBA2K13, lol.

      • stadix093 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        A 7th grader? ESPECIALLY at 2k13

  4. nokoolaidcowboy - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:17 AM

    That was a sweet between the legs, behind the back pass. He’s young and with proper guidance it would be great to see another big man in the NBA that can shoot.

  5. rickyspanish - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    These titles that end with “Is Better Than You” are getting annoying as hell. Same with the lame ass “Hat tip” line. Catch phrases are for twenty year old family sitcoms. Cut. It. Out. Hat tip to Full House, douche.

  6. amlowlife - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    He’s definitely going to be better than his pops. Nice behind the back pass…

  7. tcclark - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    I honestly didn’t see anything that was all that impressive. Maybe the biggest thing was the between the legs dribble and around the back pass, but that was pretty much it. The kid obviously has rang on his shot, but he needs to fix his form quite a bit. At 6’5 you can’t be shooting the ball from your waist, it completely diminishes your height advantage. Also the way he was going from the triple threat position right into his shot can cause erratic shooting. You need to go from triple threat, bring the ball up, and then shoot. He’s shooting the ball as he brings it up.

    His dribbling didn’t seem fluid. and his movement was a little robotic. he needs to loosen those legs if he wants to play on the perimeter. A lot of this is bad coaching. At his size, and potential size, he needs to focus on playing down low, keeping the ball up, and utilizing his height advantage. The only advantage a taller player has on the outside is the ability to shoot over someone else and he loses that by bringing the ball back down to the defender on his jump shot. He’s getting by on talent alone because no one is teaching him the fundamentals. If you’re not strong enough to shoot the ball the right way from deep, than you shouldn’t be shooting it from deep. Step in and shoot it correctly. It’s a lot easier to get stronger than it is to change your shooting motion once you get used to it.

    The kid has the talent to be good, but he’s lacking the basic fundamentals to be great. Also with his body type, he is prone to more injuries. if he wants to play in the NBA, he’s going to have to focus on taking care of his body.

    Oh and Kurt can you please proofread just one? it’s getting ridiculous.

    • tcclark - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      *once…. man that’s ironic

  8. tomtravis76 - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    If he is 6’5 in this video then he is playing in a league with a bunch of giant 7th-8th graders. At 6’5 he should be dunking on everyone, playing above all those kids. Good luck to the young man in his basketball career though.

    But what was his pops thinking going with Bol Bol? At that age he could easily be teased with Bo Bo the clown as a nickname.

  9. rubberinnertube - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Also, will you PLEASE be more careful when cutting and pasting from the original article.

    I want to leave your grammatical and typographical gaffes unmentioned, but you give me no recourse.

    Maybe read through your story at least *once* before publishing?

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