Quick Hitter: Is Bolden The Next Offer?

While there seems to be an established hierarchy when it comes to players Duke is recruiting in the class of 2016, there’s always room for evolution in such lists. As we head into the summer it would appear as though the Blue Devils are prioritizing yet another high major.

Marques Bolden is the top rated center in the class of 2016. At 6-foot-10 and 225 pounds, the five star prospect has been fielding interest from a who’s who of elite programs including the defending national champions after elevating his game over the last few months.

“I thought he was one of two 2016 prospects who made the biggest jumps over the spring,” said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Josh Gershon. “Bolden is a big post with a good combination of size, length and skill.”

Currently Bolden has offers from Wake Forest, Louisville, Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Texas, and SMU. He’s also receiving interest from Illinois, Duke, and others. The Blue Devils haven’t offered at this point, but such a development could come during the summer camp season.

For his part, Bolden understands the Blue Devils do things a bit differently when it comes to offers.

“If you go to Duke, you'll be successful on and off the court," Bolden previously told TDD. "You won't just be a basketball player like you would at another university."

In 16 games on the Nike EYBL circuit, Bolden is averaging 13.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game for his ProSkills Elite team. As he continues to progress, however, his AAU coach is looking for more.

“Just being aggressive, being aggressive mentally, physically, and then everything else speaks for itself, he’s working on everything,” Pro Skills coach Jeff Webster told Scout.com. “He’s really a good kid, he was a little better than last night, the kid has tremendous talent he’s a work in progress, I mean he’s a good player but he’s got a long way to go, still a tremendous player though.”

Currently Duke has extended scholarship offers to a handful of players in the class of 2016 including PF Harry Giles, SF Jayson Tatum, and PG Dennis Smith. Aside from Bolden, Duke is likely to offer Utah point guard Frank Jackson as well.

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