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Bolden returning to Duke

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Marques Bolden will spend his sophomore season at Duke.

The one-time five-star prospect will return for a second collegiate season in Durham, rebutting a previous report to the contrary, the school announced Monday.

“Despite rumors about my future that have circulated in recent days, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be returning to Duke for my sophomore year,” Bolden said in a statement released by Duke. “I have unbelievable support from my family, teammates and coaches. I’m ready to get to work for next season and I’m excited for what should be a great year for our program.”

There was a report that circulated Sunday that Bolden would look to transfer after a freshman season that saw him rarely crack the Blue Devils’ lineup. Instead, he’ll give it a second-go round under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“We’re thrilled that Marques will continue to be part of our program,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. “In addition to being a talented basketball player, he’s an outstanding young man from a great family. It’s unfortunate that his freshman season was impacted by injury, but he has an opportunity to have a great summer and a special sophomore season.”

Bolden was considered by many as the top center in the 2016 class and was a consensus top-20 recruit. He was hampered early by a leg injury, and then he struggled to get much playing time for the Blue Devils. He averaged just 6.5 minutes per game and played in just 24 total contests.

Duke is adding another five-star big man to its roster next season with 6-foot-10 Wendell Carter, a top-10 consensus player, signed as part of the Blue Devils’ 2017 class.

Five-star 2016 big man Marques Bolden is down to seven schools

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Five-star Class of 2016 Marques Bolden is one of the best big men in the country and the native of Texas cut his list to seven on Monday morning.

The No. 14 overall player in the class, according to Rivals, is down to Alabama, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, TCU and Wake Forest and Bolden is coming off of a recent weekend trip to Tuscaloosa for an unofficial visit. Bolden has also recently taken an unofficial visit to Wake Forest and he’s scheduled to take his first official visit to see Kentucky this week.

During the spring and summer with Pro Skills in the Nike EYBL, Bolden averaged 13.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in 19 contests. The 6-foot-10 also shot 56 percent from the field. A good long-term prospect with good hands and feet, Bolden is a very good scorer on the block and he’s also shown an ability to protect the rim.

Bolden will be a major target for all of these programs and it should be an interesting recruitment until the end.

Mixtape for top 50 center Marques Bolden (VIDEO)

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Marques Bolden is the No. 31 recruit in the Class of 2016. A 6-foot-9 center from DeSoto, Texas, that plays his AAU ball for the Texas Titans.