#16 RANKED PLAYER IN COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2016)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 250 POUNDS
AGE: 18 YEARS OLD
POSITION: POWER FORWARD
HIGH SCHOOL: DESOTO (DESOTO, TX)
CHOSE DUKE OVER: KANSAS, OKLAHOMA, KENTUCKY, AMONG MANY OTHERS
NBA COMPARISON: DeMARCUS COUSINS/CEILING
PLAYER SUMMARY: The number 16th ranked player in the country waited longer than most top ranked players. However, for Duke and head coach Mike Krzyzewski, the wait was well worth it. Bolden committed to the Blue Devils and should be an impact player right away.
When watching Bolden play on film the first thing that stands out is his impressive frame. He is a legit 6’10” and has a strong frame. He sports a 7’4 inch wingspan. Bolden has shown he can score with either hand and has a nice little touch around the basket. He has a good shooting stroke for a high school big man and shows surprising mobility as well.
Bolden has the potential in time to be an excellent defensive player. He is already a very good shot-blocker, which is a trait that usually translates to college and the NBA. While the 18-year old shows nice mobility, we wouldn’t categorize him as an elite athlete. He will need to improve his rebounding when he gets to college as well as free throw shooting, which is a problem for most young big-men.
We really like Marques Bolden’s game and he should have immediate success at whichever school he winds up at. Big-men with his skill-set are rare. If he can improve his weaknesses he has a chance to be a one and done college player.
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