Open the dictionary, look up the word mismatch and you may find a picture of Bol Kong. At 6-8, the athletic wing can get to the hoop whenever he pleases. If the defense sags, then Kong will knock down jumpers like Reggie Miller going off at Madison Square Garden.
Opposing defenses can do nothing but pick their poison when facing the senior from St. George’s High School in Vancouver, BC. Last year, Kong led the “Saints” to the AAA Provincial Tournament, while filling up the box score with season averages of 21 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals per contest.“He’s naturally gifted and can do so much on the court,” explains Brian Lee, the coach at St. George. “He’s a 6-8, 2-3 man who can handle the basketball extremely well. He shoots the ball very well. And he’s a good passer. Across the board his skill set is really strong. For someone who’s 6-8 that’s a bit of an anomaly out here.”
This natural ability and talent could soon have Dick Vitale screaming Canadian diaper dandy. Florida and Utah are some of the Division 1 powers interested in Kong’s game. Canada has also shown the seventeen-year old love: Kong was a key member of the U-17 BC team and recently returned from an impressive showing at the elite Nike All-Canada Camp in Toronto. But all the individual accolades can’t distract Kong from the business at hand – finishing his high school career with a Provincial Championship. After all, he moved from Alberta just to be part of the basketball renaissance that’s taking place at St George’s.
“We have a lot of seniors this year, so our goals are a little higher,” declares Lee. “We will probably be within the top five right off the bat. We feel that we should be a contender.”
In five months, Bol could get another picture in the dictionary. Only this time, he’s hoping it will be next to the word champion.