2006 Focus: Matt Bouldin

Size isn't the only thing that Matt Bouldin has going for him. The Colorado native and 6-5 junior guard has a package that has many high-major schools heading to Thunderridge High to take a look.

Matt Bouldin has gotten letters from Stanford, Notre Dame and Wichita State – for baseball. However, despite being able to throw in the 90s, the ThunderRidge High (Col.) junior won't be pursuing a dream of playing in the major leagues.

The 6-5, 195-pound point guard will focus on basketball.

``Basketball is easily my love," Bouldin said. ``Getting letters for baseball is sweet, but my focus is on basketball."

Bouldin, who has good size and possesses the ability to make people around him better, is averaging 20 points per game thus far as his team has gotten off to a 4-2 start. He'll still need to work on his defense and also his quickness, but he's smart, has a terrific feel for the game and is also able to create shots for himself.

Despite playing in Colorado, not exactly known as a hotbed for hoops talent, Bouldin has found a way to attract that attention of some big-time schools.

``Denver hasn't gotten much respect for basketball," Bouldin said. "I'm trying to still get my name out there as much as I can, but I feel I've gotten plenty of exposure. I'm just trying to prove that Colorado has some players."

``He's the consensus best player in the state as a junior," ThunderRidge coach Joe Ortiz, who also coaches Bouldin in the summer, said. "He has a Big 12 body and has the best feel for the game of anyone I've ever coached. He's deceptive - he looks like he's not moving, but he'll beat you all the time."

Bouldin, who sports a 3.4 GPA, has good bloodlines. His father, Ron, was a star at Colorado State and spent some time in the NBA with the Nuggets, Spurs and Jazz.

Bouldin said that Stanford came by earlier in the week – as did California. He also mentioned Kansas, Oregon, Notre Dame, Gonzaga, UCLA, Georgia Tech, UConn and N.C. State as under consideration.

``I really don't have a top list right now," Bouldin said. "I'm just keeping my options open. I've always been a fan of Kansas and Oregon."

``Academics will be important and how I fit in the program," he added. "Playing time is a factor, but if I'm not ready, I'll be alright. I just want to find the best fit for me."

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