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Originally published August 30, 2016 at 10:18a.m., updated August 31, 2016 at 12:00a.m.

Add another to KU’s Late Night visit list

Five-star Bishop Miege prospect Bol Bol confirms plans to attend

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

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Bishop Miege standout Bol Bol, the son of former NBA player Manute Bol, has added his name to the ever-expanding list of visitors for this year’s Late Night in the Phog event at Allen Fieldhouse.

Bol, a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018, ranked No. 13 overall by Rivals.com, confirmed the plans of his visit to both Matt Scott of TheShiver.com and Shay Wildeboor of JayhawkSlant.com.

Although the trip from Miege to Allen Fieldhouse is just a 40-mile journey, the addition of Bol to an already stacked Late Night lineup is significant news for the Kansas program because Bol, throughout his recruitment thus far, has attempted to downplay any connection between him and KU.

His attendance at Late Night is hardly a guarantee that the Jayhawks will wind up in the mix for the 6-foot-11, 180-pound athlete, but it at least gives Kansas an opportunity to impact Bol the way Late Night has for so many former players who wound up picking Kansas after being blown away by the season kick-off event.

A recent competitor at Under Armor’s Elite 24 camp, Bol’s Rivals.com profile thus far only lists offers from Creighton, Kansas, New Mexico State and St. John’s. Others listed as showing interest include Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wake Forest.

Bol joins a list of Late Night attendees that includes current KU commitment Marcus Garrett, guard Troy Brown and point guard Collin Sexton, from the 2017 class, along with point guard Brandon Williams, from the 2018 class, and a trio of 2019 prospects in Zach Harvey, Bol teammate Jeremiah Robinson and forward Matthew Hurt from Rochester, Minnesota.

And there's still room for more, with the Oct. 1 event still being more than a month out.

Weatherspoon visit

Eric Bossi of Rivals.com reported Tuesday that four-star combo guard Nick Weatherspoon, of Camden, Miss., has scheduled an in-home visit with the Kansas coaching staff.

Weatherspoon, whom Rivals ranks as the No. 32 player in the Class of 2017, has scheduled an official visit for Mississippi State and likely will schedule more after in-home visits with KU, North Carolina and NC State.

Bossi did not report the actual date of Weatherspoon’s in-home visit with the Jayhawks, but KU’s coaching staff is expected to hit the road again starting Sept. 11.

The 6-1, 170-pound Weatherspoon told Bossi that he had no timetable for picking a school and that the campus visits would likely play a huge role in his decision.

Henry to Milwaukee

Former Jayhawk Xavier Henry, who is coming off of two major injuries during the past couple of seasons, recently signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to a report from Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Henry, who left Kansas after one season and has averaged 5.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 185 NBA games, will attend the Bucks training camp and attempt to make the roster as a free agent.

The 6-6 forward last played in the NBA during the 2014-15 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Comments

Harlan Hobbs 1 year, 1 month ago

6'11" and 170 pounds. Hell, I am 5'9" and still 190 after losing 30 pounds in the last few months, on purpose by the way. What position can I play? Waterboy!

Matt Tait 1 year, 1 month ago

That's my bad. He's actually listed at 180. But your point still probably holds up. It's fixed now.

Ken Schmidt 1 year, 1 month ago

His father was never exceptionally heavy for his 7'7" frame but it was well known that his heart was probably more than half his tare. What an amazing person he was and his story would be an inspiration for anyone. Personally, I would be honored if the younger Bol attended KU. I would love for his family legacy to live on as part of our basketball history.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 1 year, 1 month ago

I agree he would be a great addition to the family. And he would give Andrea Hudy a new project.

Marius Rowlanski 1 year, 1 month ago

Yes he would. Unfortunately he will never develop the strength to play under the basket but with the right coaching, he could very well learn how to use his long arms and height to become a force under the basket. Hudy will be able to help his overall conditioning and he will gain some muscle mass but he will never look like Wilt Chamberlain or Shaquille but I believe he will find a spot on someone's roster in the NBA and may very well be a high impact player in college.

Looking ahead to 24/7's crystal ball has Kansas far ahead of any other school. We all know how infrequent the crystal ball gets it right so early in the recruiting season but I think it would be a really good get for us.

Joe Wolf 1 year, 1 month ago

Bol measured in at 7'2'' 205 lbs, and a massive 7'8'' wingspan at the Under Armor Elite 24 camp recently. Some of the measurements at these camps aren't 100% accurate as you see players get measured out down the line, but Bol has amazing length. He has a long way to go, but he's a very intriguing prospect.

Harlan Hobbs 1 year, 1 month ago

Thanks, Matt and everybody. Hope he will keep KU in his mind.

Jerry Walker 1 year, 1 month ago

"Bol, a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018, ranked No. 13 overall by Rivals... thus far only lists offers from Creighton, Kansas, New Mexico State and St. John’s."

I saw him play in last year's state championship and "spindly" would be a huge over-statement. You could find yourself holding your breath...afraid that his wire thin legs would break when he attempted to run. He displayed a nice shooting touch from outside but man-oh-man he has a very long way to go before he's physically capable of playing big time college basketball.

However, that kind of length is rare and a couple more years of high school could make a big difference in his physical stature. Intriguing prospect.

Marius Rowlanski 1 year, 1 month ago

Saw this video and thought it might be worth watching although as we all know, with enough time a skillful videographer could turn me into a hot prospect. Well maybe not...

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