The nation’s top center in the Class of 2016 ended his lengthy recruitment on Thursday afternoon with an announcement ceremony at Desoto (Texas) High.
Marques Bolden is officially headed to Duke, spurning Kentucky — his other primary option — in the process.
Speaking in front of family, coaches and classmates, the country’s No. 15 overall player thanked those close to him before unzipping his jacket to reveal a Blue Devils shirt.
The 6-foot-11, 250-pound teenager’s signing gives Duke the No. 1 overall class in the nation, according to 247Sports.com. Mike Krzyzewski’s squad already had three other five-star players and a four-star on board before Bolden made his decision.
Kentucky is in a pretty good spot, too, as the Wildcats have landed five of this year’s top 24 players: guard De’Aaron Fox (No. 6 overall), center Edrice “Bam” Adebayo (No. 9), guard Malik Monk (No. 11), forward Wenyen Gabriel (No. 14) and forward Sacha Killeya-Jones (No. 24).
“We should be great defensively and we should be a great shot-blocking team and rebounding team,” coach John Calipari said last week. “We’ll have to figure out how we’ll play … You know I did more pick-and-roll last year than ever because of Tyler (Ulis). Now I’ve got a couple guys that I think would be great in pick-and-roll; we’ve just got to figure out how we play.”