The 6-4 guard from Archbishop Stepinac (NY) has made huge strides both on and off the court since transferring to the White Plains, New York school last year.
"Melquan is a great kid," Archbishop Stepinac coach Tim Philp said. "He's got a great personality and he's friendly with everybody. He's matured a lot since he transferred here last year. He's responded well to our discipline and being a catholic school, our surroundings have really helped him."
Extremely athletic, Bolding appears taylor-made for Rick Pitino's up-tempo, pressing style. Rated the No. 48 prospect in the Class of 2008 by Scout.com and the No. 9 small forward, Bolding should make a major impact right away for the Cardinals.
"I think he'll fit great at Louisville," Philp said. "He loves Coach Pitino, the campus and the atmosphere down there. I went to high school with Steve Masiello and it's funny how things work out. He feels very comfortable down there."
Bolding probably could have had his pick of Big East programs had he kept his recruitment open. Philp said UConn, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and Rutgers had shown strong interest. Miami and Florida State also had been keeping tabs. Despite the interest, Bolding narrowed his options to Louisville and St. John's.
"It basically came down to what program would benefit him the most getting him to the next level," Philp said.
Bolding recently was named one of the Top-5 players in New York and he's backed up that honor with a 27 point, 10 rebound average through two preseason scrimmage games.
"He's a great player," Philp said. "He's very athletic. He has great timing around the rim and he can really finish around the basket. He's a great transition player and his shot selection is outstanding."
Though Bolding averaged 25 points per game as a junior, Philp said his star guard averaged only 13-14 shots a night. "He's very unselfish and he wants to win," Philp said. "He wants to win a city championship and if he plays like he did in our two scrimmages we might do it."