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Thursday / June 20.
  • De’Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum Make Pitches for Marques Bolden to Join Them

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    Marques Bolden has yet to announce his college choice, much to the chagrin of many Kentucky and Duke fans.

    But incoming Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox made one last pitch for Bolden to join Big Blue Nation via USA Today (and a transcription from Kentucky Sports Radio).

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

    A video posted by USA TODAY High School Sports (@usatodayhss) on Apr 29, 2016 at 6:38am PDT

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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.”

    Meantime, Duke’s Jayson Tatum also made his pitch (in a very dark environment).

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

    A video posted by USA TODAY High School Sports (@usatodayhss) on Apr 29, 2016 at 6:37am PDT

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    “Come on, bro, we need you. Come to play for Coach K, the best coach in college basketball, five national championships, a great class coming in. We got Grayson [Allen], Amile [Jefferson], Luke [Kennard], Matt Jones, all those guys coming back. Come on, bro, you the last piece.

    “I feel like we can be really special if you come. It’s a tough decision, but we gonna support you. Come and be part of the family, bro.”

    For his part, Bolden says he’s still undecided.

    “I do most of my thinking about it laying in my bed by myself at night,” he told USA Today. “I just don’t know what I’m gonna do yet. It’s funny, I read what people say on Twitter and they just know that I already know or they just know period. It’s at tough decision.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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