Nation's Top Big Man Gets A Duke Offer

The Blue Devils have extended a new scholarship offer in the class of 2016, this time to the nation’s No. 1 post player in the class.

Duke has offered a scholarship to five star Texas center Marques Bolden. The nation’s top ranked center confirmed the offer to national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels on Thursday morning.

Bolden joins fellow five star prospects Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, and Dennis Smith as players who claim current Duke offers in the rising senior class.

The 6-foot-10 center listed scholarship offers from Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and Texas most recently.

Duke began the pursuit of Bolden within the last two months, beginning with phone conversations between he and coaches Jon Scheyer and Jeff Capel.

Coming off of the national championship and producing a future top pick in Jahlil Okafor means the Blue Devils can pitch a lot of unique things to Bolden. He was also impressed by Duke's commitment to the complete school experience.

"They do things differently than everyone else. If you go to Duke, you'll be successful on and off the court," Bolden said. "You won't just be a basketball player like you would at another university."


"He wins on size, length and mobility already, but his continuously developing skill level to go with his approach to the game helps too. He’s got back to the basket moves, but if Bolden doesn’t like his options, he sees the court very well and will kick out to the open man. He’s going in a very good direction as a prospect." - Josh Gershon

"Bolden has a terrific set of hands and has the ability to score consistently with both. On Sunday, Bolden flashed left and right hooks and even showed confidence in facing up and shooting jump shots. At 6-foot-11, Bolden has legit size with wide shoulders and lengthy. He’s learning how to use his body and is starting to play more physical. Bolden was a prospect last year. Now he’s a player and one that looks ready to move up from his current No. 14 ranking." - Evan Daniels

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