Duke lands No. 8 Marques Bolden, bumped to No. 1 recruiting class

Duke landed their third top 10 prospect on Thursday, as Marques Bolden selected the Duke Blue Devils over Kentucky. Why Duke? Bolden broke down his decision to Scout.

Five-star center Marques Bolden will play his college basketball at Duke, he tells Scout.

“I’m very excited,” Bolden said about his selection of Duke. “This has gone on for way too long. I’m just ready to get it all over with.”

It was clear Bolden, who won a 6A state title at DeSoto (Tex.) High as a senior, struggled to make his college choice, going back and forth between Duke and Kentucky throughout his recruitment.

But what ultimately led him to Duke?

“Really just the relationship I had with the coaching staff,” Bolden said. “I was trying to make everything perfect and trying to figure everything out and try to figure out the perfect situation for me and I realized that not everything was going to be exactly how I wanted it, so I just found the closest thing to it.”

Duke assistants Nate James and Jeff Capel played major roles in Bolden’s decision, but obviously Mike Krzyzewski did as well.

“It’s great,” he said about his relationship with Krzyzewski. “I talked to him a lot. I talked to all the assistants a lot and I feel like I can learn a lot from all of them and they are more than just coaches to me.”

A 6-foot-11, 240-pounder, Bolden is regarded as the No. 8 overall prospect in the 2016 recruiting class.

“Really just a leader by example and a low post presence,” said when asked what he could bring to the table. “They had that last year in [Marshall] Plumlee but he was more of a stagnant center, where I’m more mobile and versatile and will be able to bring whatever they need.”

The already loaded Duke recruiting class also includes three five-star prospects – Harry Giles (No. 2), Jayson Tatum (No. 4), Frank Jackson (No. 18), as well as four-star recruit Javin DeLaurier and three-star Jack White.

“I think I fit in well being able to play multiple positions and I feel like I complement most of the guys that are already there and I feel like they complement me as well,” Bolden said.

“It’s just the chance to play for a special group of guys,” he said. “I feel like we are going to have a lot of versatility with next years roster.”

The addition of Bolden bumps Duke from No. 2 up to No. 1 in Scout’s 2016 class rankings.


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