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Marques Bolden staying at Duke; Good news for Kentucky in Mo Bamba recruitment

NCAA Basketball: Duke at Elon University Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky Wildcats recruit Marques Bolden is remaining at Duke.

Despite strongly considering a transfer, Bolden has opted to remain with the Blue Devils, according to’s Evan Daniels.

Duke has since confirmed the report.

This is actually great news for Kentucky. For all of Bolden’s struggles this past season, he’s still got a world of potential and should make a strong run at starting next season next to incoming freshman Wendell Carter Jr.

That means Duke should be less of a threat now to land Mohamed Bamba, who Kentucky remains heavily in the running for, perhaps even the favorite. Duke would been a bigger threat for Bamba had Bolden transferred, leaving the Blue Devils with a dangerously-thin frontline that Bamba would thrive in.

It’s still going to be a battle to get Bamba, but this certainly helps Kentucky’s efforts, even if it’s just one of many pebbles being factored in.