Marques Bolden to Return to Duke Next Season

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Rumors surfaced Sunday that five-star freshman Marques Bolden was contemplating transferring from Duke next season. Those rumors were put to bed Monday afternoon.

“Despite rumors about my future that have circulated in recent days, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be returning to Duke for my sophomore year,” Bolden said in a release from the school. “I have unbelievable support from my family, teammates and coaches. I’m ready to get to work for next season and I’m excited for what should be a great year for our program.”

With the loss of Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles to the NBA, Sean Obi and Chase Jeter to transfer and Amile Jefferson to graduation, losing Bolden could have been a tough hit.

Wendell Carter is the only current front line commit coming in from the 2017 class. Duke is pursuing five-stars Kevin Knox and Mo Bamba and should return Javin DeLaurier, Antonio Vrankovic and Jack White.

“We’re thrilled that Marques will continue to be part of our program,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “In addition to being a talented basketball player, he’s an outstanding young man from a great family. It’s unfortunate that his freshman season was impacted by injury, but he has an opportunity to have a great summer and a special sophomore season.”

The DeSoto, Texas, native played in 24 games as a freshman, averaging 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds.


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