Bolding back in the fold with Louisville?

Melquan Bolding's recruitment has been full of twists and turns. Now, it appears there may be yet another strange twist in the former New York stars recruitment.

Melquan Bolding's recruitment has been full of twists and turns. Now, it appears there may be yet another strange twist in the former New York stars recruitment.

Bolding, who verbally committed to Louisville as junior, didn't sign a national letter of intent with the Cardinals during the early signing period. Academics were assumed one reason. And at that point it appeared Louisville and Bolding had decided to part ways.

Recently, reports surfaced that Bolding was looking at Cincinnati, Duquesne, St. John's and Temple and would sign with one of those four programs during the spring signing period which begins in mid-April. Now, though, the winds of Bolding's recruitment appear to be blowing in Louisville's direction once again.

What's really going on with Bolding? Has he decided to re-commit to Louisville? Though he didn't sign with the Cardinals in the fall is it now Bolding's intention to sign with Louisville this spring?

"He was never un-committed," Notre Dame head coach Brian Hurd said. "New York City is a crazy place. "The situation is the same. He has some academic work to do. He's on a plan to get it done and nothing has changed from November."

Hurd said Bolding had no input in the recent report that he was looking at signing with one of four programs other than Louisville and was surprised when he read it.

"Melquan was every bit as surprised to read that as everyone else was. He had no part of that at all," said Hurd. This is the need for people in New York to feel important. When that happens unfortunately kids get hurt."

Bolding, a teammate at Notre Dame with 6-10, 230-pound Louisville signee Terrence Jennings, helped lead Notre Dame to the semifinals of the national prep tournament. Hurd said Louisville coaches checked in with Notre Dame during the course of the season to keep tabs on both players.

"They were up here frequently," said Hurd. "They were doing everything you do when you have a kid. They're not doing anything different than any other program with any of our other kids."

Now that the season is over, Bolding's focus is on taking care of his academic work.

"That's what we're doing now. Academics are his focus," Hurd said. "His basketball game is where it needs to be. He is on a track (academically). If he can continue to do the work at the level he is he's going to be ok."

Bolding scored 20 points and hit the game-winning shot to help his team advance to the national prep semifinals.

"The first month was a struggle but he kind of figured out his role and then he began to figure out the offense really well and by December became an explosive scorer," Hurd said. "It came to where he was the guy that we relied on to get to the basket. We play an up-tempo offense and he was finishing plays and getting ahead of everybody. He became a much more solid defender at this level. He was a tremendous asset for us."

While Bolding has always been known as top-class slasher, his outside shot has always been a question-mark in the eyes of scouts and analysts.

"He's working on it and he knows he has to," Hurd said. "Is it bad? Absolutely not. His driving abilities are so impressive that when people step off he understands when he knocks that shot down consistently he's going to another level."


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