On Tuesday, UCLA landed a big commitment from 6-foot-8, 190-pound Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep power forward Jonah Bolden.
The 2014 prospect had previously narrowed down his list to UCLA, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, SMU and USC, before choosing the Bruins following an official visit.
An Australian who transferred to Findlay Prep for his senior season, Bolden is easily a Top 30 type prospect nationally. He showed up at adidas Nations in August and more than held his own against the elite prospects in attendance from the U.S.
Bolden is a long and slender forward with pretty good athleticism who is a threat to shoot from the catch, can really pass it, rebounds well and plays hard. He's going to have to get stronger and improve his handle.
He's probably going to struggle to guard a three defensively - he's much better in the post - and his ball skills will have to get better before he's a threat to do much more than shoot off the catch from three, although he does possess a quick first step and can pull-up off the bounce here and there.
Bolden tends to drift to the perimeter, and while he is a threat as a shooter, he's much better operating out of the high post, where his high level vision allows him to find cutting teammates from all angles, and he's just one bounce away from the rim.
With Bolden's skill set, physical upside, intangibles and versatility, he's an easy recruit for the high major level.
Highlights and Evaluation: Jonah Bolden
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