Bolden Garnering National Interest

The 6-8, skilled post, Jonah Bolden, was fairly unknown before he participated in the adidas Nations in early August, but now the likes of Louisville, Michigan, UCLA and others are on him...

Jonah Bolden became a hot name in the recruiting world in the late summer, using the adidas Nations event in early August to make a splash.

The Australian forward is now ranked as the No. 38 player in the top 100 for the Class of 2014 and is attending Henderson, Nev., Findlay Prep School.

Among the schools that have flocked to Findlay this week to check out Bolden is Louisville (Rick Pitino himself, along with an assistant), Michigan and Baylor.

The Louisville staff has now been on Bolden since adidas Nations.

"We have had positive discussions with coach Pitino," Bolden's father, Bruce, said. "Those will continue during the coming months."

Bolden is also considering UNLV, Washington, UCLA and several others.

"At the moment we haven't put together a list of schools that Jonah will visit but will do so in the next couple of months," Bruce Bolden said.

All the schools mentioned have offered the 6-foot-9, 200-pound Bolden, and the word is that Louisville will be one of the finalist for the talented Australian.

Bruce Bolden said he hopes to hear more "about the school academically and the Cardinals basketball program plans for 2014."

A native of Sydney, Australia, Jonah Bolden helped lead his club team to a second-place finish at the Australian 18U Junior Championships. He averaged 16.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and hit 65 percent from the field at adidas Nations.

Bolden's father, Bruce, played at Boise State from 1981-85 and then spent 17 years playing in Australia's NBL professional league. He retired in 2004 and ranked in the all-time top 10 in six categories during his time at Boise State.

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