Update Sept. 12: Quite the last 10 days for DeSoto 6-10 center Marques Bolden. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and staff had a home visit Saturday. Earlier this week, Alabama, Baylor and Kansas had in home visits. Bolden is a top target of new Alabama coach Avery Johnson, former Dallas Mavericks coach. Bolden attended Alabama’s football game at AT&T Stadium against Wisconsin and had a recent visit to Kentucky. Getting close but uncertain if he’ll commit in time for November’s early signing date .. Schnider Herard got in-home visits from Kansas and Mississippi State …
A busy NCAA contact period to start September: Oklahoma, TCU and Kansas State coaches stopped by Richland to see junior guard CJ Roberts and San Diego and Texas Tech were among coaches stopping at Lancaster … Roberts picked up a USC offer.
UPDATE June 14: South Grand Prairie 6-10 F Harrison Henderson commits to USC. Henderson had terrific Pangos All-American camp in SoCal and USC and his interest culminated quickly in a visit, offer and commitment…
DeSoto F Marques Bolden picks up trifecta offer with North Carolina joining Kentucky and Duke… Bolden and Henderson drew Kansas coaches were among several scouts in attendance when DeSoto and Cedar Hill played last year, probably be another Who’s Who of college coaches in 2015-16 too…Class of 2017 G Chris Giles of Plano West has picked up a Stanford offer…Mansfield Summit G Curtis Hollis skyrocketing with summer performances
UPDATE June 5: Duke offers Marques Bolden on June 5.
May 8: Kentucky has offered DeSoto’s 6-10 senior-to-be Marques Bolden to add to a national list of offers. Kansas actually jumped on the bandwagon first with an offer last summer.
Kentucky coach John Calipari is known for his one-and-done success in recruiting and the Wildcats’ offer means as much that Bolden now is in that NBA-future category.
DeSoto is a national basketball power. Alum Matt Jones played for national champion Duke this past spring.
Bolden is having another especially impressive summer. He was hampered by an ankle injury through DeSoto’s season but his athleticism and touch with the ball haven’t been questioned. Bolden averaged nearly 12 bounds and nine rebounds this season before DeSoto lost to Keller in the second round of the state playoffs. Keller was led by sophomore R.J. Nembhard, who just received an offer from Texas.
Bolden wasn’t a major part DeSoto’s rotation in a trip to the 2014 state tournament in March as Baylor signee Terry Maston typically controlled around the rim.
Playing with the Texas Titans last summer. Bolden picked up an offer from Kansas as well as Texas, Nebraska, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Miami and Baylor in a matter of days.
North Texas also has another of the Class of 2016’s most recruited big men with Prestonwood Christian 6-9 center Schnider Herard and Lancaster’s 6-11 Nate Morris. Kansas recruits Prestonwood Christian diligently and nearly got a commitment from Julius Randle two years ago before deep Kentucky ties led to Randle eventually playing his freshman year for Kentucky.
North Texas Top Class 2016 Basketball Prospects
1. Marques Bolden, DeSoto
2.Terrance Ferguson, API (Dallas) Alabama commit
3. Schnider Herard, Prestownwood Christian
4. Cameron McGriff, South Grand Prairie
5. Oliver Powell, Rowlett
6. Andrew Jones, Irving MacArthur
7. Harrison Henderson, South Grand Prairie ..USC commit
8. Nate Morris, Lancaster
9. Devonte Patterson, Bridgeport
10. Josh Parrish, Arlington Seguin
11. Deon Barrett, Lancaster
12. Adrean Johnson Lancaster
13. Curtis Hollis, Mansfield Summit
14. Mark Crowe, Woodrow Wilson
15. Caleb Smith Bridgeport
16. Jalen Harris, Duncanville
17. Dylan Gollihar, Richardson
18. Bryson Robinson, Mesquite
19. Brandon Averette, Richardson SFA commit
20. Nolan Taylor, Richland
21. Camron Talley, Rockwall-Heath
22. Jakolby Pemberton, Lancaster
23. Mike Layssard, Lancaster
24. Alex Vilarino, McKinney
25. Ty Bennett, Parish Episcopal
26. Everett Ray, Trinity Christian
27. Aleczale Robertson, Kimball
28. Daniel Haile Richardson Berkner
29. Chris Parker, Plano East
30. Ke’Tarrious Bouchum, Madison
31. Brandon Battle, North Crowley
Top 10 Player: *Mark Vital, Prime Prep/California/Dallas API 2016 school Baylor commit