As the recruitment of Marques Bolden continues, the Kentucky Wildcats continue to make a strong push at the McDonald's All-American Game.
Depending on who you ask, their attempts may very well be impacting Bolden's decision, or it may be too late as he's simply waiting for the right time to announce his decision. The former is more likely and would go as far as to say I no longer think Bolden knows for sure where he'll attend college.
Maybe that's how Bolden wants it, but nevertheless, don't even underestimate a teenager's ability to make a life-altering decision as late as the D-Day. And heck, Terrence Jones showed even that's not always the final decision.
Like Jones, Bolden may be having a bit of flip-flopping with the big decision inching closer. Scout.com recruiting director Evan Daniels told Kyle Tucker of the Louisville Courier-Journal that Bolden may not even know where he's going right now.
"I don’t think that Marques knows where he’s going to school as of today. I think he changes his mind quite a bit," Daniels said. "Kentucky and Duke are the two schools he’s heavily looking at and examining. I think over the next three weeks, he’ll probably come up with a choice, but I don’t think at this time he knows what he wants to do."
Tucker himself also indicated Bolden seems to want UK, but the family is pushing hard for Duke.
For whatever it's worth: My best read on Bolden is mom wants Duke, kid wants UK. Both schools like their chances. Coin flip still.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 29, 2016
KSR's Matt Jones has indicated the same regarding both Bolden being undecided and his family pushing for Duke:
For Bolden, I think family leans Duke...probably will take Fox/Monk/Bam etc to put full court press on to override that— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 28, 2016
Scout Recruiting Coordinator @EvanDaniels says he thinks Marques Bolden is undecided and its "50-50" between UK/Duke. I agree— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 29, 2016
The good news for UK is four of their signees are putting the full-court press on Bolden this week with De'Aaron Fox leading the way, per 247 Sports.
"Me and Marques talk almost daily and it’s not always about basketball or recruiting. We’re friends. But here, I’ve been in his ear all week."
"Of course I want him here," Fox said with a smile. "But I always tell him to do what’s best for him. Of course, I think it’s best for him to come."
While getting the UK group picture set up, De'Aaron Fox goes over to Marques Bolden. "Get up, man. They said Kentucky."— Ben Roberts (@NextCats) March 29, 2016
As for Bolden, he continued to stress he has yet to make a decision and is still mulling over both schools.
"It’s really difficult," he said. "This is my whole future, depending on this decision. I want to take my time and make sure I’m making that right decision."
Bolden also admitted the possible departure of A UK assistant coach, such as Kenny Payne or Jeff Capel, could dramatically affect his recruitment.
"If they were to take a job, yeah, that would drastically change it, but I don’t think they’re going anywhere," Bolden said.
Well, it looks like Duke's ace recruiter may be poised to land a coaching gig:
Georgia Tech isn’t the only school targeting Jeff Capel. The Duke assistant is also on Vanderbilt’s radar, a source told @CBSSports.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 29, 2016
Elsewhere, 24/7 Sports recruiting director Jerry Meyer hopped onto CBS Sports to discuss UK's pursuit of Bolden. Instead of siding with Duke like many have over the past 24 hours, Meyer said he thinks it's a 50-50 toss up between the Blue Devils and Wildcats at this moment.
At this point, I think it's safe to think Bolden has not made a final decision, regardless of which school he may be favoring. 'Toss up' seems to be a more popular pick today than either school, even though all the chatter Monday was for Duke.
And no matter how you spin it, that's good news for both Kentucky and Duke given how much chatter of one or the other being favorites over the past few months. The fact they're still in it is something they'd settle on with the confidence they'll get the deal sealed in the coming weeks.
Let's hope it's Cal and the Cats doing the sealing.