Morgantown, West Virginia – One of the West Virginia Mountaineers’ most obvious issues this past season was a lack of a real rim protector. Many times, opponents were able to get to the basket without much resistance or concern.
That could come to an immediate end with the signing of 7’3 shot-blocking sensation Bol Kuir.
Kuir, who lives in Belfry, Kentucky, just across the West Virginia border, averages 14.8 points, a state-best 14.2 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game in his first ever season of high school basketball.
Kuir is new to the game and very much a project, but his 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, as a 7-3, and that sounds kind of crazy. He is drawing so much attention, it opens it up for everyone else. The skill level that I see on a daily basis from Bol, it’s mind blowing to me.”
In one game this season, he finished with 25 points, 42 rebounds and 8 blocks. In one game.
Kuir recently received an offer from West Virginia University and the Mountaineers are at the very top of his list right now. 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. Huggins would be wise to lock him up now before other big-name schools learn about the next big thing in college basketball.
7-foot-3 Bol Kuir of @bhsbasketball1, playing in his first season of high school basketball, snagged 42 rebounds last night in a double-overtime, 78-77 win.
In addition to having twice as many boards as the opposing team, he also hit a 3-pointer.https://t.co/W71S01E3Nx
— Hayes Gardner (@HayesGardner) March 12, 2021