After months and months of speculation, the suspense is finally over as ESPN No. 16 ranked high school senior Marques Bolden has committed to Duke.
The Texas big man, one of the top undecided 2016 recruits, had been attempting to choose between the Blue Devils and Kentucky, but finally decided to go with coach K.
“Duke gives me the best chance to be able to develop into the player that I want to be,” Bolden told USA Today. “I’ll get to learn from the best and I’ll be able to play with a special group of guys.”
“It was a tough decision,” added Bolden. “But I feel like Duke is the best decision for me.”
The coveted 6-10 center averaged 23.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks this season for DeSoto High School (Dallas, TX), leading the team to the state championship.
This was a classic recruiting battle as powerhouse programs Duke and Kentucky were battling each other for one of the best big men left on the board.
“The rivalry between the two is certainly growing, and it doesn’t appear that either side really cares for the other,” said Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. “The winner of this battle is just the winner of the battle, but it’s not the winner of the war. I don’t think this is stopping.”
At Duke, Bolden will join a loaded Blue Devil team that includes fellow 2016 recruits No. 1 Harry Giles, No. 3 Jayson Tatum, No. 10 Frank Jackson, and No. 44 Javin DeLaurier.
“We’re thrilled to add Marques to an outstanding incoming class,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said via a statement. “In addition to his elite length and athleticism, he is a highly skilled big man who can really score the ball. He runs the floor well, rebounds on both ends, and blocks shots.”
Marques has tremendous potential and a bright future, and we’re excited to coach him at Duke,” Krzyzewski added.
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