2006 Focus: Matt Bouldin

Matt Bouldin, a 6-4 junior shooting guard, has early interest from multiple high major programs around the country...

Matt Bouldin, 6-4 JR SG Highlands Ranch (Col.) ThunderRidge, was impressive when we saw him this past July.

A good-sized guard with very nice instincts, Bouldin can shoot the three and also passes the ball very well. A good, not great, athlete, Bouldin showed a very good understanding of the game.

We spoke with Bouldin yesterday and asked him about the early stages of his recruitment.

"Colorado, Colorado State and Washington State have offered," said Bouldin. "Other schools that are showing a lot of interest are Kansas, Oregon, Stanford, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Cal, Gonzaga and some others."

We asked Bouldin if location would play a role in his decision.

"Not really -- I'm willing to go anywhere," said Bouldin. "It just depends on how much I like the school."

Bouldin went on to discuss some of the factors he would consider when choosing a school.

"The coaching staff is a big thing. I think places like Kansas and Stanford have great coaches. You look at how they play and how well they've played in the past."

We asked about early playing time and Bouldin replied, "I'd like to play as soon as I can. Hopefully, I can play as a freshman but, if not, then by my sophomore year. Playing time will definitely be a factor."

When questioned about his parent's feelings on him leaving home, Bouldin said, "My Dad played for Colorado State, and a bit in the NBA, but he wants the best possible program for me. I don't think he really cares about me staying close."

Bouldin said several programs have been out to see him play recently in workouts. "Last Thursday, Oregon, Colorado and Colorado State came to a workout. Kansas said they may come this Thursday. And Cal said they'd probably be there on October 5th.

Bouldin said he plans on signing prior to his senior year. He told us his GPA is 3.4 and he'll take the PSAT in October.

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