Pack Offers Bouldin

Highlands Rach (CO) Thunderridge Guard Matt Bouldin had an up-and-down week at the recent Adidas Superstar camp.

"It was pretty fun... it was really different with the way everybody plays," Matt Bouldin told Pack Pride. "It was frustrating at times trying to get into a rhythm because everybody was trying to show what they can do so it wasn't much team basketball, and that is how I like to play."

Bouldin was one of the camp's top performers earlier in the week, but an injury limited his play and prevented him from playing in the camp's all-star game.

"I rolled my ankle the second-to-last day at the camp so I missed the last session that night and the games on the final day," Bouldin said. "I'm not going to be able to play in the Pump Tournament in L.A. either, but I should be fine for other tournaments later in the summer."

Did any players catch Bouldin's attention while he was at the Adidas Superstar camp?

"There were some great players there," he said. "Wayne Ellington looked good, and Gerald Henderson can jump out of the gym. But, some of these players that are ranked high didn't really stand out as much as I thought they would. I know I can play with all of them."

At the camp he alternated between point guard and shooting guard. Although he has a preference, Bouldin believes he will play both on the next level.

"Because of my height I usually play shooting guard," Bouldin said. "We will usually have two or three guys shorter than me that are going to play so they will play point. I played mostly off guard at the camp, but I did get to play some point. I can play both, and I really like point guard the most, but I can play both."

Despite missing the final two days of action, Bouldin picked up a few more high major offers, adding to the long list of suitors who are chasing the 6-foot-5 combo guard.

"NC State just offered me and Notre Dame did too," he said. "They both offered me after the camp. Gonzaga, Cal, and Boston College had already offered. Miami, Texas, Colorado, CSU and a bunch of others have offered, but I'm mainly looking at those first five."

NC State assistant Mark Phelps is recruiting Bouldin for the Wolfpack, and head coach Herb Sendek has also talked with Bouldin about their interest in him. Bouldin admits that he is impressed with what NC State has to offer.

"NC State has a great program, and they've always had a great program," Bouldin said. "Really they are just an appealing school to any kid that knows anything about college basketball.

"I've talked with coach Sendek, and he's a cool guy."

NC State will have to work hard to secure a verbal from Bouldin, who also likes two programs that have been recruiting him for a long time.

"Some of those schools like Gonzaga, Cal, and have been on me for a long time, and I really like those schools," he said. "Gonzaga has an outstanding program, and I like the coaches there. I want to go up there for a visit.

"Cal's been on me for a long time, and I really liked it out there a lot. I've already taken an official visit there, and it was nice. They are in the Pac-10 and that's appealing to me obviously. They are starting to get really good, and I'm excited about them. They've always been one of my favorites."

Bouldin hopes to talk with his parents in the near future about taking some official visits. He did say Gonzaga, Notre Dame, and NC State would likely get visits and that he is in no rush to make a decision.

"I'd like to finish this summer out, and then sit down and evaluate everything after that."


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