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SLOZag
04-30-2008, 12:47 PM
The following URL is for a Canadian Broadcasting Company podcast released (and presumably created about) ten days ago:

http://www.cbc.ca/insidetrack/podcast.html

The podcast is somewhat awkward to listen to, as the first 8:40 minutes involve an interview with Canada's current curling champ, but that interview is followed by a 6:20 minute feature about Bol. The announcer talks some with Bol (seems to be pronounced "bull" -- nice touch!), and more with his coach. Here are some of the highlights:

No mention of Gonzaga. Bol was first approached by a college when he received a letter, then a phone call, and then a visit, when he was in the 11th grade. The school: St. Marys. Of the many other schools that followed Bol mentioned Memphis, UNLV, Utah, and Idaho. He's also had an inquiry from the Boston Celtics.

Bol has been rejected on three occasions in his ongoing effort to obtain a student visa to come to the US. Although he has lived in Canada since he was seven, he is just now applying for Canadian citizenship, which he believes may help him with the visa application process. At the time of the interview he had not hired an immigration lawyer. He says he hopes to have the immigration issue "sorted out before summer."

Bol chose to attend Douglas College because the NCAA treats a 4 year university in Canada just like one in the US -- transfers must sit out a year. Not so, apparantly, with a Canadian junior college. Apparantly already a great junior college program before Bol arrived, Douglas went 19 - 0 this past year and won the national championship. Bol averaged +/- 19 ppg, which his coach says was accomplished without any particular difficulty, since Bol is first and foremost a team player.

In their preseason game against US teams this past fall, Bol scored 28 points against Marquette, and later that same day scored 33 points against Boise State. Both of those schools participated in March Madness at the end of the season.

Bol's coach describes Bol as a natural wing/guard, possessing skills and abilities even at this early stage of his career that are lacking in many pros the coach was aquainted with (he coached in Europe). Coach concedes Bol is still in need of a lot of polishing, but its difficult to imagine any devout Zag listening to this interview without getting just a bit excited. :D

gu03alum
04-30-2008, 01:03 PM
In their preseason game against US teams this past fall, Bol scored 28 points against Marquette, and later that same day scored 33 points against Boise State.

He did that in the same day. That's incredible. I am getting so excited about Bol I haven't been able to get much work done.