Butler and Xavier "on top" for Bolden

James Bolden, a 2015 recruit out of Covington (Ky.) Holmes, told a group of reporters at Mustang Madness that Butler and Xavier were currently "on top" in his recruitment.

It took James Bolden a half to get it going this past weekend against Paducah (Ky.) McCracken County. Bolden, a 5-foot-11 point guard, had just two points at half time.

In the second session, Bolden, a three-star recruit, erupted for scored 16 points, including a handful of long-range shots.

"It tends to happen a lot," Bolden, who led his team to a double-digit win over the host school on Saturday, said about heating up in the second half.

The southpaw said his junior season is going well. He cites extra work on his jump shot among the reasons he has picked up his play.

"I think I'm playing great so far," Bolden said about his junior season. "I'm averaging a little bit more points than I did last year. I'm just looking to contribute and help my guys here."

"I've been working on going right, which I said at the beginning of the EYBL circuit," Bolden said. "I've been working on my range a lot so when they go underneath the screen I make them pay with a three.

Things on the recruiting front began to pick up for Bolden this time last year. Now he has interest from Butler, Ohio, Clemson, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Purdue and Xavier.

"Right now I'm just all over the place really," he said about the recruiting process. "I'm not too worried about it right now really."

Bolden's latest college visit was to Xavier.

"The last one I had was to Xavier a couple weeks ago when they played Butler," Bolden said.

"It was a good game and Xavier came out on top of the Butler Bulldogs and those are the two that are on top so far," he added.

Why are Butler and Xavier sticking out to Bolden?

"Xavier is because it's close to home and my family could come to games more often," he said. "And Butler, I just fit so well with their offense and their defense and how they run it, I just fit into their program."

Bolden said he's developed a strong relationships with Brandon Miller.

"We talk every week and almost every day it seems like," he said of Miller. "Chris Holtmann, the assistant, that's the one that is recruiting me and we keep in touch daily. He's trying to make it to the most games possible."

Bolden is currently regarded as a three-star recruit in the 2015 class.

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