Defensive Minded Big

UTSA is keeping its eye on the juco ranks for size and depth down low. After showing college programs what he could do at the Jerry Mullens Juco Camp, this low post now has a UTSA offer.

As a freshman last season at Iowa Western Junior College, Thik Bol splashed onto the NJCAA scene by dominating on the defensive end. He led all NJCAA players averaging 4.3 blocks a game, and finished averaging near a double/double with 9 points and 8 boards a contest.

His play has already led to a handful of offers: UTSA, Murray State, Buffalo, Eastern Illinois, and Nebraska-Omaha have all put an offer on the table. The 6'8" 205lb big man, who also has a wing span of over seven feet, is getting serious interest from Gonzaga, Alabama, Troy, Rhode Island, Missouri and others.

After the Mullens Camp UTSA joined the party and let him know that he now had a scholarship offer to join the C-USA program.

"They called me and told me. I think it was Head Coach Brooks Thompson," said Bol. "I know Nick Billingsley goes there, we're both from Omaha. I'm kind of familiar with him. We went to elementary together. Sometimes we talk, when I see him in Omaha."

What separates Bol from other low post is his defensive impact. His rebounding and ability to get off the floor and block shots have him a ticket to the D1 ranks. Thik credits some childhood sports for his ability now to excel on the hardwood.

"When I was younger my brother and I used to play soccer. They would make me play the goalie. I was always ready to block a shot and I used to play volleyball too," said Bol.

Thik is open to learning more about UTSA. Originally, he was thinking about signing early, but now he's not sure if he'll sign or wait based on the options that open up for him.

One thing is certain, big men are at a premium on the division one level. Even more so for those that can rebound and defend. Don't be surprised at all to see some mid to high major offers roll in for Bol before the early signing period.

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