THE LIST: Class of 2014 Rivals150
When Jonah Bolden came over to play in the Adidas Nations program, the Australian turned heads. A four-star prospect who chose to stay in the States for his senior year, he continues to do so.
A 6-foot-8 combo forward who has settled in at powerful Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, Bolden has been drawing rave reviews from the Findlay staff and college coaches.
The No. 62 overall player in the class of 2014, Bolden has size, length and athleticism in a package similar to that of Portland Trailblazer Nicolas Batum.
College coaches have caught on and his father Bruce Bolden told Rivals.com via email that his son will focus on a group of 10: Arizona, Auburn, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Oregon State, SMU, UCLA, UNLV and Vanderbilt.
"Jonah is doing great," Mr. Bolden wrote to Rivals.com. "He has cut his college list down to 10 with no favorites because he still have a lot to consider before deciding on his visits in the next couple months."
From the sounds of it, college coaches see the same things from Bolden that Rivals.com saw at Adidas Nations.
"Jonah is a very skilled small forward who is a good rebounder and ball handler that can lead the fastbreak," said Mr. Bolden. "He has three-point range but can attack the basket. His height and seven-foot wingspan will cause matchup problems to the opposition. His high basketball IQ compliments his overall game."
For now, the plan for Bolden is to continue to get accustomed to playing in the States. While he does so, it's clear that college coaches will be watching closely.
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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