Morgantown, West Virginia – One of the West Virginia Mountaineers’ most obvious issues this season is a lack of a real rim protector. That could come to an immediate end with the signing of 7’3 shot-blocking sensation Bol Kuir.
Kuir, who lived in Belfry, Kentucky, just across the West Virginia border, recently moved to to Louisville, Kentucky to play at the Christian Academy of Louisville. Kuir initially lived in West Virginia when he moved to the United States, attending Hurricane High School and played for the West Virginia Generals AAU team. However, Kuir was ruled ineligible to play high school basketball in West Virginia and so his guardian moved to Belfry, Kentucky, so that Kuir could play there.
Kuir, originally from South Sudan, averaged 14.0 points, a state-best 13.4 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game in his first ever season of high school basketball last year for Belfry.
Kuir is new to the game and very much a project, but his former coach at Belfry, Mark Thompson, says he is a remarkable athlete: “He’s a legit 7-3, and he moves well, he has good feet, he jumps well, and at 7-3 that sounds kind of crazy. He is drew so much attention, it opened it up for everyone else. The skill level that I saw on a daily basis from Bol, it’s mind blowing to me.”
In one game last season, he finished with 25 points, 42 rebounds and 8 blocks. In one game.
Kuir received an offer from West Virginia University and the Mountaineers are at the very top of his list right now, according to his guardian. Bob Huggins’ team needs interior defensive help and Kuir is precisely the physically-imposing player that can step in and be a game-changer on the defensive side of the ball.
According to people close to Bol Kuir, he wants to play for the West Virginia Mountaineers. When The Voice of Motown asked his guardian if he thinks West Virginia has a chance to land Bol, he said, “Yes, they definitely do.”
Huggins would be wise to lock him up now before other big-name schools learn about the next big thing in college basketball.