7-2 center John Bol names top 8 options

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John Bol, a four-star center in the class of 2024, has narrowed his list of options. Moving forward, Bol will consider seven schools: Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, UConn, USC, Wake Forest, as well as the Overtime Elite league (OTE).

The 7-foot-2, 190-pound junior out of Wichita (Kan.) Sunrise Christian has officially visited Michigan and Missouri. Florida hosted him unofficially.

Along with his eight finalists, Bol also received offers from Nebraska, Georgia, TCU, Auburn, Texas Tech, Butler, Clemson, Illinois, and others.

According to the On3 Industry Rankings, Bol ranks as the No. 24 overall prospect in the 2024 class. He’s also the nation’s No. 2 center and the No. 1 player in the state of Kansas.

Bol talks his two official visits — Michigan and Missouri

In a previous interview with On3, John Bol broke down his two official visits.

Michigan: “When I went to Michigan, I would say the whole coaching staff stood out to me. They took the time to get to know me and my whole family. I talk to them all on like a weekly basis.

“The team, too. The culture of the team, how they practice, and everything they do as a team stood out. They are all there as a family if one person is down, everyone is there to pick him up. That’s something that is rare for a team. Michigan itself is a big school with a lot of kids and a lot to do. And it is a good school too. It was all good in Michigan.”

Missouri: “Coach (Dennis) Gates is a really nice dude. He is very straightforward. He will not tell you what you want to hear, but he will tell you something that is actually going to help you, and I admire that from him. I talk with coach (Kyle) Smithpeters and coach Gates, and our relationship continues to grow, even since the visit.”

What Bol is looking for in a program

“I’ll look for a program that actually wants me,” John Bol said. “Not as just a big, but a school that actually sees me and sees my potential and how much I can grow in this game. I can do more than just screen and run the floor, both of which I’m really good at, but I also want to play for a coach who sees the best for me. I want to keep growing and keep getting better.

“The culture of the team is something I will look at too. The team being together as a family. Sometimes, it can be hard for you as a player, like something happens at home, and you need a teammate or somebody there for you.”

Scouting Report

“John Bol is a unique athletic specimen. At over 7-feet tall, his agility and his ability to move are not like other players his size. He has defensive upside as a weak side rim protector and someone who can move his feet when switching along the perimeter. Bol will need to add strength; he is currently very thin. He gets moved off his spots on both ends of the floor easily. The added strength could help him become a better post defender and finish better in the paint. Offensively, Bol is at his best with put backs and in lob situations. His offensive game is pretty limited right now; he has touch but needs to develop his range and some low post moves. However, his height allows him to be a vertical lob threat, and he has good hands and dexterity in the air. Bol has an intriguing upside. His flashes are starting to produce now with more strength and continued minutes and reps there is a lot of ceiling to fill.” – On3’s Jamie Shaw

On3 NIL Valuation

John Bol currently holds a $114,000 On3 NIL Valuation.

The On3 NIL Valuation is the industry’s leading index that sets the standard market NIL value for high school and college athletes. A proprietary algorithm, the On3 NIL Valuation calculates an athlete’s NIL value using dynamic data points targeting three primary categories: performance, influence and exposure.

About On3 NIL Valuation, Brand Value, Roster Value

While the algorithm includes deal data, it does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals athletes have completed to date, nor does it set an athlete’s NIL valuation for their entire career.

The On3 NIL Valuation accounts for an athlete’s roster value and brand value. Roster value is the value an athlete has by being a member of his or her team at his or her school, which factors into the role of NIL collectives. Brand value factors in an athlete’s personal brand and the value it could bring to regional and national brands outside of the scope of NIL collectives.