Before slipping to the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft, former Oregon Ducks star Bol Bol was considered a first-round talent after his stellar showing in the collegiate ranks before going down with a foot injury. His combination of quickness, versatility and shot-blocking prowess made endeared him to the fans.

When he heard his name called as the 44th pick by the Miami Heat, the arena celebrated with him as the Heat, who shipped him to Denver on draft night for a future second-rounder and cash, is getting a young and talented big man at mid-second round after being projected to the be picked in the first round – he’s even at the conversation of being a lottery pick per USA Today article.

After recovering from his foot injury that made his lottery pick-worthy play cut short with Oregon, he’s now on his way to silence his critics. "I just want to prove everyone wrong, and just come out and be the best player I can be," said the 7-foot-2 center son of shot-blocker legend Manute Bol via ESPN.

Bol played his professional debut with the Windy City Bulls and it was his first competitive basketball game since December of last year where he averaged 21 points, 9.6 boards and 2.7 blocks for the Ducks. The South Sudanese-born rookie showed a glimpse, both his own playing style on offense and the same aggressiveness on the defensive end just like his dad.

 

He played over 17 minutes and logged eight points in 4-of-9 shooting, nine rebounds, and four blocks with a lot of altered shots. His unique skill for a seven-footer was displayed in his brief stint in the game – perimeter jumpers, catching lobs for jams, and euro-stepping to the floater together with his scary timing to swat some shots en route to a 111-97 victory at home over Canton Charge.

 

Fans can have another look at Denver’s two-way player as the Windy City Bulls takes on Long Island Nets in Uniondale on November 17.

Bol Bol Michael Porter Jr. Bol Bol (L) and Michael Porter Jr. #1 (R) of the Denver Nuggets look on prior to the game between the Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors during the 2019 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 10, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michael Reaves/Getty Images