It was just a short trip for five-star forward Marques Bolden to come up to Norman and catch one of the better basketball games of the year.
Kansas and Oklahoma battled down to the final second, and after finally arriving about 10 minutes into the game, Bolden took in his unofficial visit with Oklahoma – his second but first in almost three years.
Bolden, the 15th-rated overall player in the country for the 2016 class and the top-rated center, just ended his high school season and is preparing for a very important summer.
He started it with a trip to Norman.
“It could be pretty big for me,” Bolden said. “I can work on the stuff that I don’t do in school ball and showcase all of the things I can do. I think it can be a really big summer for me.”
Bolden’s list of offers is already very longer. Kansas, Kansas State, Miami, UCLA, Texas, Baylor, SMU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Creighton, Alabama, Tulsa, Illinois and Pittsburgh have all formally requested the 6-foot-9, 230 pound center.
Bolden has actually held an offer from Oklahoma since that first visit during his freshman year.
“It was nice,” Bolden said of the short trip. “They showed me the housing for the athletes and showed me around the gym and the practice facility. It was like a normal basketball visit.”
The unofficial visit lasted just a few hours as Bolden, who has been recruited primarily by Chris Crutchfield, and his father drove back to their home in DeSoto, Texas following the game.
Bolden, whose high school team was upset last Tuesday in the state playoffs, has blossomed into one of the top centers in the country. He is a spectacular rebounder and an immediate game changer defensively at the college level.
Bolden said he hasn’t visited anywhere in the last month with his high school team in the playoffs, but he’s planning a trip to Texas in the near future. He said that Oklahoma is still a school he is considering, laughing when it was suggested that he wouldn't make the trip otherwise.
“I’ve still got some of the places to see,” Bolden said. “This is mainly the time I think about schools and who I want to play with this summer.”