At 6-foot-4, Melquan Bolding possesses skill in getting to the basket, strength in finishing against bigger bodies, and an unrelenting desire to win. Add up each of these positives and Bolding is likely to be a candidate someday to land at the top level.
But, like most top high school players, Bolding has plenty of work to do to make himself a more rounded player.
"I am trying to work on my jumper," he said. "I want to be more consistent with it. I know I can get to the basket and score."
Bolding is a terror in transition. He has the ability to move through traffic and finish against the tough defenders in the paint. It's because of these strengths the talented backcourt player from Archbishop Stepinac is already being recruited by big name schools.
However, Melquan has a short list and is eyeing two schools.
Bolding took an unofficial visit yesterday. He indicated the commitment by Malik Boothe, the floor leader from Christ The King High School in Middle Village, New York was a big plus.
"We have played together, we get along well," Bolding said. "Malik is a pure point guard. He will get you the ball. He's great to play with."
Melquan spent two hours on the St. John's campus. "It was great talking to the coaches and seeing the facilities," he said. "I had a good time with the two hours I spent there."
Bolding would like to take a visit to Louisville too.
"I plan on taking a trip there before my season starts," he said. "Maybe I will take one while they have practice going on."
Melquan said two factors are positives for Louisville.
"They have a great class coming in," Bolding said. "So they will be very good. And coach (Rick) Pitino. He has done it all."
The Five Star camp is the next stop for Bolding. "It's another chance for me to work on my game," he said.
It's likely Bolding will work on his jumper. If he is able to improve that part of his game... Look out!