Bolden, White Join Top-Ranked Recruiting Class

Marques Bolden Jayson Tatum

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Duke head men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff announced two additions to the Blue Devils’ top-ranked 2016 recruiting class on Thursday, as Marques Bolden and Jack White have signed on to join the program beginning in 2016-17.

On the heels of a 25-win season and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2016, Duke welcomes back a veteran core led by graduate student Amile Jefferson, senior Matt Jones and junior All-American Grayson Allen for the 2016-17 campaign. The Blue Devils also add one of the nation’s most heralded recruiting classes to the fold in Bolden, Javin DeLaurier, Harry Giles, Frank Jackson, Jayson Tatum and White.

With the addition of Bolden on Thursday, Duke’s recruiting class moved up to No. 1 in the 247Sports Composite Recruiting Rankings. White signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Duke in April.

A five-star recruit ranked eighth overall in the 2016 high school class by Scout, 11th by Rivals and 16th by ESPN, Bolden led DeSoto High School to the Texas Class 6A state title as a senior with averages of 23.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.

He was selected for both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic this spring, in addition to earning first-team All-America honors from MaxPreps and honorable mention Naismith Trophy All-America accolades. The Dallas Morning News also named Bolden its 2016 Player of the Year.

Bolden was invited to the 2015 NBPA Top 100 Camp after a junior season in which he averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game on the way to Dallas Morning News All-Area honors.

The DeSoto, Texas, native was named to the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team and competed for the U.S. in its 101-67 win over the World Select Team at the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit.

“We’re thrilled to add Marques to an outstanding incoming class,” Krzyzewski said. “In addition to his elite length and athleticism, he is a highly-skilled big man who can really score the ball. He runs the floor well, rebounds on both ends and blocks shots. Marques has tremendous potential and a bright future, and we’re excited to coach him at Duke.”

A native of Canberra who attended the Australian Institute of Sport, White was recently a member of the gold medal-winning Victoria Navy team at the U20 Australian Junior Championships. He posted 19 points and 11 rebounds in the championship game.

White also has a wealth of experience representing Australia in international competition. He started all seven games for Australia at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, averaging 8.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per contest.

White has also competed for Australia at the 2013 FIBA U16 Oceania Championship and the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.

“Jack is an exciting player because he combines toughness and physicality with the ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter,” Krzyzewski said. “He’s played against a high level of competition on the international stage, so he knows what it takes to compete. We think he’ll only continue to improve as a player and we’re excited to add him to this class.”

Duke will open the regular season with home games against Grand Canyon and Albany, respectively, on Nov. 11 and 12.

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