Bolden has 'positive' meeting with Pitino

The University of Louisville basketball staff has been in the mix with Australian star Jonah Bolden for a few months. On Wednesday night, U of L coach Rick Pitino made a visit to Bolden, who is now attending school in Las Vegas.

Jonah Bolden became a hot name in the recruiting world in the late summer, using the adidas Nations event to make a splash.

The Australian forward is now ranked as the No. 38 player in the Scout.com top 100 for the Class of 2014 and is attending Henderson, Nev., Findlay Prep School.

Among the coaches who have flocked to Findlay this week to check out Bolden is University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino. He was at Findlay on Wednesday night with assistant Mike Balado, who has been in contact with Bolden for several months.

"We have had positive discussions with coach Pitino," Bolden's father, Bruce, said. "Those will continue during the coming months."

On Tuesday, Bolden had Baylor and Michigan in to see him and he's also looking at UNLV, Washington, UCLA and several others.

"At the moment we haven't put together a list of schools that Jonah will visit but will do so in the next couple of months," Bruce Bolden said.

The Cardinals have been on contact since earlier this summer, have extended the 6-foot-9, 200-pound Bolden an offer and figure to be among the schools that Bolden will take a closer look at before making a decision.

"We have had positive discussions with Louisville so far with more to come," said Bolden's father, Bruce. He added that he hopes to hear more "about the school academically and the Cardinals basketball program plans for 2014."

A native of Sydney, Australia, Jonah Bolden helped lead his club team to a second-place finish at the Australian 18U Junior Championships. He averaged 16.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and hit 65 percent from the field at adidas Nations.

Bolden's father, Bruce, played at Boise State from 1981-85 and then spent 17 years playing in Australia's NBL professional league. He retired in 2004 and ranked in the all-time top 10 in six categories during his time at Boise State.


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