2016 center talks recruitment

2016 DeSoto center Marques Bolden talked with Hatts about his recruitment and SMU interest at the Nike EYBL.

After a couple of wins and losses at the Nike EYBL tournament, 2016 Pro Skills center Marques Bolden was happy his team was able to come away with a big win against an instate rival.

“It was an instate rival so we always get up for those types of games, so I mean we just tried to come out with a lot of energy and get it going from the start,” Bolden said.

For the 6-11, 215-pound center personally, it was a decent showing but one he also let a couple of shots get away from him.

“It was alright, I missed a lot of easy shots I could have hit but it was alright for me,” Bolden said.

Interest has been picking up in the DeSoto center as the EYBL season has progressed after he recently received offers from Kentucky and Louisville.

Overall for Bolden he has offers from Wake Forest, Louisville, Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Texas to go along with an offer from SMU but he has also received interest from Duke, Houston and Illinois.

SMU figures to be in the mix for the DeSoto center however thanks to his relationship with SMU head coach Larry Brown.

“It’s always been in my head because of the legendary coach they have in Larry Brown so that would be a good fit and it would be a good school to go to,” Bolden said.

While Bolden sifts through his college options, his coach on Pro Skills Jeff Webster says the goal for him is to become more aggressive on the court throughout the summer.

“Just being aggressive, being aggressive mentally, physically, and then everything else speaks for itself, he’s working on everything,” Webster said, “He’s really a good kid, he was a little better than last night, the kid has tremendous talent he’s a work in progress, I mean he’s a good player but he’s got a long way to go, still a tremendous player though.”

For Bolden, he agrees with his coach on just trying to become more aggressive and be able to sustain that sort of play throughout the entire game.

“Just becoming more mobile and being able to play two ways like catching it on the block the whole time,” Bolden said before reiterating he needed to become more hungry, “Just finishing the ball and being hungry, running the floor a lot and keeping my motor running out there.”

For Bolden this could be the next step to becoming a truly dominant player. For the Scout 5-star center, he is already making a tremendous impact throughout spurts of the game as evidenced by his 16 points and 6.5 rebounds per game average during the EYBL session in Houston.

With a couple games to go before the Peach Jam tournament, Webster says the goal right now is for his guys to just keep getting better as the season progresses.

“My biggest deal for everyone is just getting better, we just got to keep getting better and better,” Webster said, “We got a long way to go so we just got to keep getting better as a team.”


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