Bolden's Busy Summer

2016 Center Marques Bolden is showing flashes of why he is considered one of the best in the country. Get the latest from the Texas native, including his interest from Illinois.

Marques Bolden from Desoto (TX) ranks among the top 2016 post prospects nationally. The rising junior made a statement in his opening contest at the Nike Global Challenge against some of the best competition in the country. Bolden scored 11 points on 5-5 from the field along with doing a nice job on the boards. The big man holds an Illinois offer.

The Scouting Report

At 6’11” 204 pounds Bolden is a big bodied center that excels playing with his back to the basket. He has a couple of go to moves including a drop step. His post game has room to develop even more.

Bolden is efficient with his touches on the block and does a great job of consistently finishing through contact including a few posterizing dunks. He is a solid rebounder particularly having a nice feel on the offensive glass. Defensively the center knows how to use his length coming from the weakside to swat shots.

There are a few areas for improvement he can focus on, beginning with his free throw shooting. For as much as he draws contact and gets to the line, he can easily add half a dozen points a game if he was a better at the charity stripe.

Offensively he could be more assertive demanding the ball. At times he will be out there and not get touches. For how efficient he is, Bolden should get more opportunities. Defensively he is a little slow laterally when guarding in the mid and high post. All of these areas are correctable for the talented prospect.

What He Said

We caught up with Bolden to discuss his summer with the Texas Titans in the Nike EYBL and their run to the Peach Jam.

“The summer went good," Bolden said. "I learned a lot playing with experienced players that played in the EYBL like Tyler (Davis) and DJ (Hogg). They really helped me out a lot getting focused for games and really taught me a lot over the summer.”

This year Bolden backed up elite 2015 center Tyler Davis and learned a lot from playing with and against him.

“It has been real good to learn from him and going up against him every day in practice," Bolden said. "That did a lot for me. I learned a lot from his leadership and the way he took over games and the way he played this summer.”

Bolden discussed the strengths in his game.

“I wouldn’t really call myself a back to the basket player because I like to expand it a little and play in the high post," he said. "I do most of my work though back to the basket. I am still working on that jump shot. My back to the basket game is where I love to play at.”

At the Nike Global Challenge, Bolden helped his USA West team win the championship playing alongside a large contingent from the state of Texas.

“The experience has been good," he said. "Playing with the Texas boys I already knew and competing against foreign players and players across the country it has been real nice.”

Bolden also updated the status of his recruitment heading into his junior year.

“Recruiting is going alright," he said. "I have been hearing from a lot of local colleges and a lot of colleges so it is going good.”

His offer list is already exceeding "alright" though. He already has quite a few of offers on the table.

Kansas, Texas, Baylor, Illinois, Kansas State, Creighton, Texas A&M, Miami, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Nebraska," he verbally listed.

Illinois is a school that Bolden is just getting to know. He is looking forward to building a relationship with them. There will not be any college decision in the near future for the DeSoto star.

He asserted, “I want to wait it out.”

With the Illini recruiting ties to the state of Texas look for them to be a player in this one.

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