Chris Bolden was being recruited by Georgia Tech to play both the point guard and shooting guard positions. (AJC photo)
One of Georgia’s top college basketball prospects visited Georgia Tech on Saturday, was offered a scholarship by Yellow Jackets coach Brian Gregory and liked it so much that he committed by the end of the day to the ACC school.
It was quite a day for Chris Bolden, the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder who is being recruited by Tech as a “combo guard” — to play both point guard and shooting guard. Bolden originally committed to Miami last year before his junior season of high school, but re-opened his recruiting after coach Frank Haith left Miami for the Missouri job last April.
Bolden picked Georgia Tech over offers from South Carolina, Virginia Tech, USC, Boston College, Miami, Ole Miss, and Harvard, among 20 schools.
“It doesn’t get any better than Georgia Tech,” Bolden told the AJC. “It’s a great college, it’s close to home so my friends and family can see me play, and they play in the best conference in college basketball [the ACC] … It had everything I was looking for.”
Bolden said he wants another one of the state’s top basketball stars to go with him to Tech — North Clayton small forward Marcus Hunt. “Marcus and I play on the same AAU team, and we really work well together as teammates. When I was committed to Miami, we talked about playing together there … We’d be great at Georgia Tech together.”
What was Bolden’s impressions of Tech after his Saturday visit? “It went really well. Coach Gregory told me all the things he looks for in a player … character, responsibility, dependability, good guys — guys he thinks he can trust in and believe in. He said he trusts and believes in me, and wanted to offer a scholarship.”
Last season as a junior, Bolden averaged 15 points while leading Norcross High School to the state championship in Georgia’s largest classification. Bolden scored the game-winning points, sinking four consecutive foul shots, in the 59-55 win over Milton in the Class AAAAA championship. Bolden said he has transferred to North Gwinnett High School for his senior year. “I know you hear about this or that basketball player switching high schools because of basketball. Mine is opposite. It had nothing to do with basketball. It was because of family and financial hardship reasons.”
- Robert Carter, who is considered one of the nation’s top 25 college basketball prospects, has transferred from Thomasville High School to Shiloh for his senior season, according to CourtCred.com. Carter is a 6-foot-8 power forward with around 40 offers.
- Greyson Lambert, who is considered Georgia’s No. 1 QB prospect, committed to Virginia on Saturday. Lambert plays at Wayne County High School.
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