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New Year's Decision For Top Center?

The nation's top rated center caught up with TDD during the USA Basketball Camp to recap his visit to Durham and where his recruitment is going.

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Five-star Class of 2016 big man Marquis Bolden is one of the premier players in the nation and he recently took an official visit to see the Blue Devils.

The 6-foot-9 big man from DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas is currently regarded as the No. 12 overall prospect in the country by and he visited Duke for his official in September.

"The Duke visit was real fun. I learned a lot from Coach K and his staff on how they do things. And I had a good time with the players, also," Bolden said. "They want me to really just come in and play. They're looking for a strong group of guys to come in for this 2016 group. They have a really good class so far, so it would be exciting to see what we could accomplish [if I go there]."

While Duke is strongly in the running for Bolden, he's also taken an official visit to Kentucky and plans to officially visit Kansas this weekend. Bolden also told TDD that Alabama, Oklahoma and TCU are still in the picture a bit as well, but there are no other visits set for this time.

Bolden is also waiting on making a decision and its most likely to come during the winter.

"Really around January or December," Bolden said of a decision.

When it comes to finding his future school. Bolden is busy examining the relationship he has with his future head coach.

"The relationship with the head coach and the coaching staff. I don't want to go somewhere where I feel uncomfortable," Bolden said. "Just seeing myself being successful in a program [is important] and that starts with the relationship."

The type of coach Bolden is looking for will not only help the big man on the floor, but also be able to help away from it.

"[I'm looking for] him being more than a coach. Him being a mentor. I want a person I can come to about anything, be it basketball or something besides basketball," Bolden said of his future head coach.

Recruiting has been an important process for Bolden these last few months, but he's also coming off of the USA Basketball Junior National Team Minicamp over the weekend, where he got to compete against some of the best big men in the nation.

"It's all new to me. It's my first time out here so I really feel like I have something to prove. Just really competitive. It's also been fun too," Bolden said. "I mean, I really don't try to put pressure on myself. I just play my game like I've been playing and do what I've been doing all summer."

At the camp, there were times that Bolden teamed with Duke commits Frank Jackson and Jayson Tatum -- sometimes with all three players on the same team. Jackson and Tatum both used Bolden on high pick-and-rolls and found him on post touches as they hope Bolden will join them in what could be a monster class for Duke.

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