Joel finished his career at Weber State in 2016 as one of the top players in WSU history. He finished his career as Weber State’s and the Big Sky’s career leader in rebounds, totaling 1,312 rebounds in his four-year career. In January 2016 he broke the WSU and Big Sky record that had been held since the 1970’s. He had more rebounds than any player that has played college basketball at a school in Utah. He also finished his career as Weber State’s career leader in blocked shots with 179 and is WSU’s career leader in career free throws attempted at 651. He ranks seventh in career scoring in Weber State history with 1,484 career points and played in 130 career games, the third most in school history. he is also third in career free throws made. He started 91 games in his career and had 54 career double-doubles.
Bolomboy was named Big Sky MVP and a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year award as a senior in 2016. He was twice named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year and helped lead the Wildcats to two Big Sky titles and two trips to the NCAA Tournament during his career.
Earned Honorable Mention All-American honors and was named Big Sky Conference MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, the only player in Big Sky history to earn those awards in the same season. Became the ninth player in Weber State history to earn Big Sky MVP honors and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second time in his career. Was also a unanimous choice for the Big Sky All-Conference First Team and earned First Team All-District 6 honors from the NABC. Was one of five finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award, recognizing the top center in college basketball...Helped lead Weber State to the Big Sky Conference regular season title, the Big Sky Tournament championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Played in 33 games for the Wildcats during the season. Finished third in the nation in rebounding, averaging 12.6 per game. Set a new WSU single-season record with 415 rebounds during the season, breaking a WSU record that was set in 1970. Also set a school record with 26 double-doubles during the season, the third most in the nation. Finished second on the WSU team and eighth in the Big Sky in scoring at 17.1 points per game. Scored in double figures in 31 games and scored 20 or more 11 times and 30 or more once. Set a career-high with 34 points in a win at Southern Utah. Had double digits in rebounding in 26 games and reached 20 or more rebounds three times. Recorded 23 rebounds twice during the season, the most rebounds in a game by a Wildcat since 1987. Also finished fourth in the conference in blocks and fifth in field goal percentage and recorded 72 dunks on the year.
Earned Second Team All-District 6 honors from the NABC. Was named to the Big Sky All-Conference Second Team. Started in all 30 games for the Wildcats and led the conference in rebounding for the second-straight year. Averaged 13.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game on the season...Finished the year 12th in the nation in rebounding. Was 16th in the Big Sky in scoring and scored in double figures 22 times on the season and scored 20 or more points five times. Posted a career-high of 23 points against Northern Arizona. Also pulled down a season-high 17 rebounds in that game. Recorded double figures in rebounding 17 times on the season and led the Big Sky with 12 double-doubles. His 306 rebounds is the 10th most in a season in Weber State history. Shot 47 percent from the field and finished fourth in the conference in blocks with 51 for an average of 1.7 per game. The 51 blocks rank as the sixth most in single-season history. Also shot 73 percent from the free throw line and knocked down 15 3-pointers.
During the summer of 2014, following his sophomore season, he was invited to tryout for the Ukraine National Basketball Team in preparations for the Basketball World Cup. He participated with the national team, coached by former NBA Coach of the Year Mike Fratello, but his tryout was cut short due to an injury.
Was named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year and named to the All-Conference Honorable Mention list after helping lead the Wildcats to the Big Sky title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Became just the second player in Weber State history to be named Defensive Player of the Year. Saw action in 30 games and started 28 games for the Wildcats. Finished third in the nation in rebounding at 11.0 per game. Recorded 329 rebounds on the season, the seventh most in a season in Weber State history. His season rebounding average was the seventh best in a season in school history. Had 10 or more rebounds in 22 of 30 games played. Led the Big Sky in rebounding by 2.5 rebounds per game...Had a career-high 19 rebounds in a home win over Montana, the most rebounds in a game by any Wildcat since 2008. Averaged 11.7 rebounds per game in Big Sky games. Averaged 8.7 points per game and scored in double figures 11 times. Recorded a Big Sky-best 11 double-doubles on the season. Had a double-double in nine of 20 Big Sky games. Opened the season with a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds at BYU. Recorded a double-double in the NCAA Tournament, finishing with 11 points and a game-high 16 rebounds against Arizona. The 16 rebounds was the most any player recorded against Arizona during the season. Recorded 25 blocks on the year and finished eighth in the conference at 0.8 per game. Shot 48.8 percent from the field and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. Shot 83 percent from the line over the last 13 games of the season. Made his first and only 3-point field goal attempt of the season in a win over Montana State.
Played in all 37 games as a true freshmen for the Wildcats and established himself as one of the top big men in the league...Helped lead the Wildcats to a record-setting 30-7 record...The 37 games played is tied for the most ever in a season in Big Sky history. Averaged 7.0 points per game on the year and scored in double figures 11 times. Had season-highs of 16 points against Arizona Christian and the University of the Southwest. Shot a perfect 8-8 from the field in the Southwest win. Led the team and finished fourth in the Big Sky in rebounding at 7.1 per game, totaling 262 boards on the year. Posted double figures in rebounds nine times on the year, the most of any Wildcat. Had a career-high 17 rebounds in a win at Southern Utah in January...Finished fourth in the Big Sky in blocks with an average of 1.7 per game. Recorded 62 blocks on the season, the third most in a year in Weber State history. Recorded four double-doubles on the season, tied for the most of any Wildcat. Had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in his first collegiate game against Arizona Christian on Nov. 11. Shot 57.8 percent from the field on the season, the second best of any Wildcat.
Keller Central High School
Was highly recruited out of high school and signed with Weber State in the fall of 2011. Graduated from Keller Central High School in 2012 where he played for coach Kit Peh. As a junior in 2010-11 he averaged 9.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. As a senior in 2011-12 he averaged 17.8 points and 12.9 rebounds per game in leading the Chargers to a 27-8 overall record and a 13-1 league record. Scored in double figures in all but four games as a senior and scored 20 or more points 13 times. Shot 67 percent from the field...Was named District Champion, Team MVP, and Defensive Player of the Year. He led the state 5A in scoring and rebounding and earned First Team All-State honors.
Joel was born Jan. 28, 1994 in Russia. Last name is pronounced: Ball-um-boy. Parents are Joseph and Tania Bolomboy. Father is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and mother is from Russia. On June 23, 2016, Bolomboy was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 52nd pick in the 2016 NBA draft. On August 19, 2016, he signed with the Jazz. He made his NBA debut on October 30, 2016, recording three points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in four minutes off the bench in an 88–75 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. During his rookie season, Bolomboy had multiple assignments with the Salt Lake City Stars, Utah's D-League affiliate. In 26 games with the Stars, he averaged 16.5 points and 13.3 rebounds per contest.