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Posted On: 07/25/18 5:53 PM
One of the more intriguing younger players at the Premier Summer Championships held at The Hoop in Salem, Oregon this past weekend was Mutdung Bol. The lanky 6-foot-3, 140-pound rising junior from Edmonds-Woodway High School filled it up for Northwest Coastal Elite's younger team at the 16U division, playing the game he loves and getting noticed by college coaches every time he steps on the floor.
"It's been a lot of fun," Bol said. "It just shows that hard work pays off."
One thing is obvious - Bol still has some filling out to do. But despite his rail thin appearance, the rising junior has some wire-type strength and certainly has the legnth and athleticism to get up and down the floor and vertically above the rim. He described his current strengths and areas of improvement. "I'm a strong shooter - I can shoot off the dribble or off the catch," Bol said. "I'm trying to work on my driving to the bucket, attacking hard and taking contact."
College coaches have noticed Bol's play and potential. Eastern Washington offered early about a month ago and right after the tournament, Portland State joined in the fray after head coach Barret Peery watched Bol play. Cal Poly and some others are also in the mix. Bol has enjoyed the attention and is playing things by ear without any kind of rush.
"Honestly I just want to go to a school where I can do what I do here - lead my team, score, and be vocal," Bol said. "If they let me do that, I'm going to love them. My senior year, I'll talk to my parents and see what to do. They're really focused on my education and they really want me to strive to be great."
There's plenty of time to deal with his recruitment. For now there's one more tournament to go in the July evaluation period and Bol is keeping things simple. "I just want to get a couple more offers and play ball," Bol said.