Patience Pays Off For Bolden and GT

While the Brian Gregory era at Georgia Tech has already begun, the first year basketball coach got his first basketball commitment over the weekend. 6-2 combo guard Chris Bolden of North Gwinnett High School informed Coach Gregory he plans to be there for the start of the school year in 2012.

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The senior had more than twenty offers including one from Harvard. Bolden was the high scorer of Norcross's 5-A State championship team before transferring recently to be closer to the school in his district. Chris' dad James made the visit with him and he talked about his son's commitment.

When we reach James, he was relaxing and enjoying things after his son committed to Georgia Tech after a whirlwind Saturday. "We spent a good part of the day talking to coaches (who were recruiting him), to let them know of his intentions."

James hopes that this will be the end of having to make those kind of calls. "We hope so, but after he committed to Miami last year, there were some who kept calling." Remember that Bolden de-committed after Frank Haith resigned to accept the coaching spot at Missouri.

Chris' dad revealed that Tech had always been at the top of his list. "He was just waiting and hoping for an offer and trying to be patient." Coach Gregory had kept in touch with Chris leading upto the visit, offer, and Chris' commitment.

"There's been a good dialog throughout the past few months. We have a lot of respect for Coach." James went on to say that Coach Gregory has always been honest with them and they valued the fact that he took his time in evaluating Chris.

Staying close to home was also a factor in making their decision. "Chris doesn't need to learn the ways of other areas and has a real comfort level having been around Tech. It has everything he wants including fine academics."

James and his family like the idea of being able to watch all of Tech's home games this season. "We have this season's schedule and we'll take MARTA to their games downtown and enjoy the five closer to home at Gwinnett Arena."

Basketball won't be the only sporton Chris' schedule. "Chris starts football practice tomorrow (at North Gwinnett). Bolden will be playing wide receiver. "That's a natural spot for a basketball player."

There are no concerns about injury from either James or Coach Gregory. "We mentioned it to Coach Gregory and he's not only comfortable with it, he feels it will sharpen some of his other skills to make him a better basketball player." Top Stories