Simmons completes recruiting class of 2021 with Bolis



Eastern Illinois Men’s Basketball Head Coach Marty simmons completed his first recruiting class as the Panthers signed Rodolfo Rufino Bolis.

Bolis (6’7, 205) is a forward from Espirto Santo, Brazil, who comes to EIU after participating in the NBA Academy Latin America program.

Bolis attended the NBA Academy Latin America which is based in Mexico City and is an elite training center for top male and female prospects from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Canada and South America. In the most recent series of NBA Academy Games, Bolis averaged 8.5 points, 6 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game in a tournament against other NBA Academy teams.

“Rodolfo is an active and very energetic player. He’s a great rebounder, especially on the offensive end of the court, â€said Simmons. “He fits our style of play and will provide the size and strength necessary for our roster. We are excited about his athletic ability and look forward to welcoming him to the EIU family.”

In addition to his experience with the NBA Academy Latin America, Bolis has played in the Brazilian U15, U16 and U17 teams participating in the South American Championships. He helped Brazil win the FIBA ​​U17 South American Championship and at the FIBA ​​U16 South American Championships, Bolis averaged 13.5 points and 14.8 rebounds per game.

The NBA Academy is an elite, year-round basketball development initiative that provides top high school-age prospects outside of the United States with a holistic approach to player development and a predictable path to maximize their potential. The NBA Academy program includes six academies in Australia, China, India, Mexico and Senegal for the best prospects from their respective countries and continents.

The NBA identifies potential athletes through a global network of recruiters, relationships with local federations around the world, the HomeCourt basketball training mobile app, and the league’s other international basketball development programs: Jr. NBA, NBA Basketball School and Basketball Without Borders. Future NBA Academy athletes are evaluated based on their skill level, character, and long-term potential.

The program focuses on health and wellness, character development and life skills, and gives prospects the opportunity to learn the game from coaches the NBA hires with professional coaching experience, collegiate and international.

As part of the program, prospects face high-profile competitors throughout the year and have the opportunity to be selected for travel teams that play in international tournaments and exhibition matches.

Since the program began, more than 50 NBA academies participants have signed up to NCAA D1 schools, and eight NBA academy graduates play or have signed up to play professionally. Notable alumni of the NBA Academy Latin America are Bennedict Mathurin (Arizona), Santiago Vescovi (Tennessee), Olivier Maxence Prosper (Clemson) and Oumar Ballo (Arizona).

Bolis becomes eighth member of EIU class of 2021 to join CJ Lane (6’5, L, Florida SouthWestern College / Eatonville, Florida), Myles Boulanger (6’3, G, Central Connecticut State / Chicago, Ill.), Elijah wood (6’5, G, Univ. Of Nebraska / Potomac, Maryland), Jermaine hamlin (6’10, F, Univ. Of Illinois / Lincoln, Ill.), Paul Bizimana (6’8, F, Haltom HS / Haltom City, Texas), Kejuan Clement (6’2, G, Triton College / Chicago, Ill.) And Chris robinson (5’11, G, Hutchinson CC / Brooklyn, NY).



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