Bol Kong did not start playing basketball until the eighth grade but at age 20, this 6-7 shooting guard is drawing the attention of the basketball world.
Playing for Douglas College in British Columbia, Kong showed he can score at will against top NCAA competition like Marquette and Boise State. He recently received a scholarship offer from Gonzaga.
In 2006, Kong scored 30 points in a summer tournament game against a team featuring Jamal Crawford of the Knicks. After the performance, Kong’s coach at St. George’s High School fielded a call from a Boston Celtics scout.
"Jamal Crawford came to me and said, 'You need to make the phone calls for this kid,'" the coach said.
Kong, originally from and still a citizen of Sudan, is now living in Canada. He has been denied a visa to study in the United States on three different occasions.
"I think that Kong’s citizenship in a country on the terrorist short list pretty much dooms him," one expert said. "Not even his standing in basketball has protected him from guilt by association. He can continue to apply. But unless some major intervention on his behalf takes place, I doubt that there will be a change."