Recently, Australian Jonah Bolden was introduced to scouts in the United States when he came to play in the Adidas Nations program. As it turns out, the move is going to be a lengthier one and many will be learning much more about him.
The 6-foot-8 combo forward with a dangerous jumper and athleticism confirmed during Nations that he intends to spend his senior season at powerful Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep to prepare for college and improve his game.
"I wanted to go to Findlay to develop my game in the next year," Bolden told Rivals.com. "Competition-wise, I wanted to go against guys who are bigger than me and better than me. I want to improve on my ball handling, too.
"I'm more of a perimeter player, so a face-up power forward if I'm a four. I want to keep working to feel comfortable at whatever spot I play."
Of late, there seems to have been a surge in Australian basketball players. More and more Aussies are making their way into the NCAA, and 2014's Dante Exum and 2015's Ben Simmons are five-star prospects from Down Under. According to Bolden, hoops is catching on.
"I think the older guys are bringing it," he said. "They are going to college and the younger guys are starting to see them go to college, and we want to go that route. Then if we want to come back to the national league in Australia, that's what we can do.
"It's about better competition and showing what you've got."
Because he's just arriving in the States, Bolden hasn't paid a lot of attention to his recruitment. His father, Bruce, said via email that Arizona, Auburn, Boise State, Louisville, Loyola Marymount, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon State, SMU, St. Mary's, Tulsa and Oregon State have shown interest.
While he hasn't done so yet, the younger Bolden understands that he'll have to pay closer attention now that he's on American soil.
"My father has been handling all of the college stuff for me, and I haven't really looked in depth at what's out there," Bolden said. "I'll start learning more soon."
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