BENTON, Ky. — Bol Bol, 5-star 2018 recruit and son of former NBA player Manute Bol, picked Oregon over Kentucky. Bol was cut from John Calipari’s U-19 Team USA squad this summer, a move that didn’t do Kentucky any favors in his recruitment.
Bol was asked if his cutting was a factor in his decision to pick Oregon over Kentucky.
“Not really. It didn’t really bother me,” Bol said. “I still wonder why he cut me, but I’ll never know.”
Bol said everyone thinks he’s still mad at Calipari, but he said that’s not the case.
Bol visited Kentucky for Big Blue Madness in October, but he didn’t get clarity on Calipari’s decision to cut him from Team USA. Bol said they never talked about it.
“I feel like (Calipari) kinda avoided that whole situation,” Bol said.
Bol explained his decision to pick Oregon in a piece published on the Players’ Tribune.
The 7-foot-3 center and one of the top prospects in the 2018 class led Findlay Prep to a win Friday night at the Marshall County Hoopfest.