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De’Aaron Fox delivers his final pitch to Marques Bolden

De’Aaron Fox has been the frontman in recruiting Marques Bolden to join UK’s 2016 recruiting class. The two Texas natives grew up playing basketball against each other in area leagues and Fox is doing his best to persuade his friend to join him at Kentucky. Today, USA Today HS Sports’ Jason Jordan posted Fox’s final pitch to Bolden, who is reportedly still torn between Kentucky and Duke:

#Kentucky signee @swipathefox gives uncommitted 5-star center Marques Bolden his best sales pitch to join him in #BBN!

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“Hey Marques, it’s your boy D-Fox. Man, I know your decision is coming up pretty soon, but we already know Kentucky’s the best spot for you. You’re trying to live out your dreams, you’re already know we have the best coaching staff in the country to prepare you for the next level.

Bam [Adebayo], Malik [Monk], Sacha [Killeya-Jones], Wenyen [Gabriel], Brad [Calipari], and I all want you to join this great freshman class that we’re about to have next year. I don’t have to tell you how much Big Blue Nation wants you. So, hey, it’s your decision, but you already know what the right one is.”

Meanwhile, Duke signee Jayson Tatum delivered his pitch in what seems to be a dark car in the middle of the night, urging Bolden to come be the “last piece” and touting the number of players Duke has coming back:

Duke signee @jaysontatum22 gives uncommitted 5-star center Marques Bolden his best sales pitch to join him at #Duke! #bluedevils

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I know I’m biased, but Fox clearly makes the best case. With Bolden reportedly torn between his desire to go to UK and his parents’ desire for him to go to Duke, as Fox said, come on, ‘Ques. You already know what the right choice is.

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14 Comments for De’Aaron Fox delivers his final pitch to Marques Bolden



  1. david8577
    12:29 pm April 29, 2016 Permalink

    In some ways this sort of sucks for the kid. He’s been put in a situation where he’s forced to disappoint a lot of people.



  2. david8577
    12:38 pm April 29, 2016 Permalink

    Also, Jayson Tatum needs to call an Ole Miss coach to pay his “light bill”.



  3. pillsboy
    12:44 pm April 29, 2016 Permalink

    Sports illustrated has a list 25 best NBA players under 25 and we have 6 on there and 4 are big men. Duke, one and he is a guard!!!! Someone needs to tell Bolden this kind of stuff! Cal doesn’t teach a system but teaches kids to play instinctively. That is what you must do in the league!



  4. Mc12
    1:00 pm April 29, 2016 Permalink

    Another good pitch:

    Marques, do you want a chance to touch the ball on offense?



    • runningunnin.454
      1:07 pm April 29, 2016 Permalink

      That’s absolutely right.Kennard and Allen are ballhogs. If he wants the ball at Duke, he’ll have to get it off the glass.



    • LexingtonianSalad
      1:22 pm April 29, 2016 Permalink

      Kennard shot 335 times last year…Ulis shot 442….how is he a ballhog? That makes Ulis the Westbrook of UK



    • aj007
      1:39 pm April 29, 2016 Permalink

      Adjust to fga per 40 and Kennard shot more. He also only average 1.5 assists. We all know how Tyler was “the man” and passed the ball so well.



    • Mc12
      1:41 pm April 29, 2016 Permalink

      Kennard also averaged 1.5 assists per game playing 26 mpg. My point is that Frank Jackson currently is a combo/scoring guard that will need to facilitate because Allen and Tatum have score first mentalities as does Kennard. Tatum and Allen haven’t met a shot that they don’t like. It will be interesting to see if they can develop chemistry and change their games the way Calipari has been able to get some of his players to do.



    • UK Big Board Update
      1:54 pm April 29, 2016 Permalink

      Ulis played a total of 1288 minutes, and averaged 13.7 shots per game.

      Kennard played only 961 minutes (thats a difference of 8 40 minute games), and yet still averaged more shots per game with 14.0.

      Tyler Ulis was First Team All American, SEC POY, SEC Defensive POY and Bob Cousy Award winner for the nations top PG.

      He also averaged 7.0 assists per game vs Kennards 1.5.

      Kennard is a ballhog.

      If you’re going to try to argue, don’t be a complete idiot when presenting your argument.



  5. Megan
    1:04 pm April 29, 2016 Permalink

    After that disheartening news about the NCAA’s amended notice of allegations against UNC, I could sure use some happy recruiting news from Marques.



  6. runningunnin.454
    3:27 pm April 29, 2016 Permalink

    Wow, LexSal: I didn’t mean for you to have to google Ulis’ and Kennard’s shots… I just watch the games. By the way, how did Allen compare to Ulis?



  7. Jordan
    4:25 pm April 29, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t think ANYONE knows how to say his name. Fox says it like “QUeese” and Tatum says “Keese”