Class of 2016 standout Marques Bolden ended an intense recruiting battle Thursday afternoon when the 6-foot-11 center from Texas announced his decision to enroll and play basketball at Duke.
Bolden picked Duke over Kentucky.
“Next year I will be attending … Duke,” Bolden announced in a ceremony at his high school before removing a jacket and exposing a blue shirt with Duke’s logo.
Bolden is the 15th-best prospect — and top-rated center — in the Class of 2016, according to 247 Sports. He picked Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils over John Calipari’s Wildcats and became the fourth five-star recruit from the Class of 2016 to commit to Duke. The others are Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson.
This development means Duke has now received commitments from a total of eight five-star prospects over the past two years, which is the same number as Kentucky. It’s also worth noting that, according to DraftExpress, the Blue Devils’ roster next season will now have four projected first-round selections in the 2017 NBA Draft — specifically Giles (No. 1), Tatum (No. 3), Bolden (No. 8) and Grayson Allen (No. 23).
Duke is ranked No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one).
Kentucky is ranked No. 2.