Bolden recaps Texas visit, talks recruiting

Five-star center prospect Marques Bolden has the nation's elite beating down his door. Over the weekend he stopped by in-state power Texas.

Fresh off being bumped in Scout’s top 10, Marques Bolden, a 6-foot-10, 235-pound center out of DeSoto (Tex.) High, took an unofficial visit to Texas on Saturday.

“It was pretty good,” Bolden said of the visit. “I learned a lot about the new staff and about the new program. I didn’t know much about the program before.”

This was Bolden’s second unofficial visit to Texas, but his first with Shaka Smart as Texas’ head coach.

“I noticed all the energy that the new staff brings,” Bolden told Scout. “They like a fast paced game. Before it was pretty traditional. [The previous staff] did things in the half court, where at VCU they get up and down a lot.”

While on campus, Smart filled Bolden in on his background and gave him his pitch.

“Just telling me how they do things a different way and what they expect at Texas,” Bolden said. “He’s really trying to learn about Texas too. He was just telling me the things he’s done and the previous people in my position that he’s put in the NBA.

How does Texas’ new style fit Bolden?

“I think it fits it pretty well,” he said. “I’m one of the bigs in our class that can run the floor.”

“They are definitely one of the schools I’ll be thinking about,” Bolden added. “I’m really excited to see how they do this year. I didn’t pay attention to VCU so I don’t know much about coach Smart and what he does so I’ll be watching during the season.”

Just prior to his Texas visit, Bolden picked up a scholarship from the defending national champions – Duke.

“It was a good feeling being able to have a chance to go to a university like that,” Bolden said about his offer from Duke.

Bolden said he had planned on visiting Duke before or after NBPA Top 100 Camp, which tips off next week, but his parents won’t be able to go so the trip fell through.

To go with Texas and Duke, Bolden said there’s also mutual interest between him and Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and Louisville. Bolden said all six schools have offered him a scholarship.

Bolden, Scout’s No. 6 overall player in the 2016 class, told Scout his current plan is to begin taking official visits in “August or October.”


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