Duke could reportedly lose another former high-star player. Marques Bolden may be leaving the Blue Devils.
Preseason national championship contender Duke had an up and down 2016-17 college basketball season, dealing with multiple injuries and off the court distractions before claiming the ACC Tournament title. However, the Blue Devils fell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Mike Krzyzewski and his staff are poised to reload the roster with another strong recruiting class, but the squad will find it a little more difficult to advance further than the second round of next year’s Big Dance if center Marques Bolden decides to transfer. According to a report, the Desoto, TX, native is pondering leaving Durham.
The 6-foot-11, 245-pounder arrived at Duke as one of the more highly rated players in his class. Injuries to his lower leg did not help his adjustment to the college game, though, as he could never get comfortable at the next level of basketball following his high school career. He showed flashes of his potential during his freshman year after missing the first eight games, with his best effort coming when he notched eight points and four rebounds in a January win over Miami. On the season, Bolden averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 6.5 minutes per contest.
If Bolden does indeed decide to transfer, he is expected to choose a school closer to home, with TCU, SMU and Texas being possibilities.
This is a situation that is fairly common for teams that bring in so much talent, as Coach K could only play so many high-star recruits at once. Blue Devil frontcourt players Chase Jeter and Sean Obi have already decided to transfer, raising the number to six Blue Devil scholarship players that will be lost this offseason. Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles are leaving for the NBA, while Matt Jones and Amile Jefferson have exhausted their eligibility.