It’s a freshman’s world in modern men’s college basketball. That makes it easy to forget about the top-rated freshman from a year ago that, for whatever reason, didn’t quite live up to their potential.
However, Matt Norlander of CBS Sports doesn’t want fans to forget about former 5-star prospect from Duke Marques Bolden. Norlander included the center as one of his top 25 breakout players for the 2017-18 season.
Here’s what the CBS writer had to say about Bolden:
Bolden certainly has something to prove. He was a five-star, top-15 recruit, a player who a year ago was slotted into the top 20 of many mock drafts. But he was lost defensively as a freshman, and his development stalled due to injury.
Bolden played in 24 games last season and averaged just 1.5 points per contest. After scoring 13 total points in his first three contests, the freshman tallied only 24 points in the final 21 games in which he played. Bolden went scoreless 16 times, including in his last six contests.
Duke has two 5-star prospects and three 4-star commits coming to campus this fall to replace several departed stars. Senior Grayson Allen will be back too, but Bolden should still have an opportunity to make a significant impact for the Blue Devils.
There were six other ACC players on Norlander’s list of 25 breakout players in men’s college basketball: North Carolina’s Luke Maye, Kyle Guy of Virginia, Miami’s Dewan Huell, Taurean Thompson of Syracuse, N.C. State’s Omer Yurtseven, and Temple Gibbs of Notre Dame.
Like Bolden, five of those six players are going to be sophomores. Maye is the only ACC player who made the list that will be a junior.