RALEIGH, N.C. – Treshawn Bolden, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward out of Callaway (MS), is considered by many to be one of the better big men in the class of 2013. Still months from beginning his junior year of high school, Bolden is already garnering interest from a number of Division I programs, including Memphis.
This past weekend, Bolden was at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions with his high-powered Southern Phenoms squad. Playing up at the U17 level, Bolden was more of a role player, coming in off the bench to provide some fresh legs. Nonetheless, he showed some flashes of why he is being pursued by high-major programs across the country.
At this point, Bolden lists Baylor, Mississippi State, Memphis, Marquette, and Ohio State amongst the schools involved in his recruitment. He noted that others are recruiting him as well, but he could not recall them at the time.
The Magnolia State big man is unsure of which programs have extended scholarship offers, but does have an early favorite, the Ohio State Buckeyes. In addition, Bolden said that North Carolina is his dream school.
The rising junior has yet to visit any colleges and does not have any trips planned at this time. Bolden said that location will not be a factor in his decision and added that he does not feel any pressure to stay in-state. He does not have a timetable for a commitment.
Bolden does not know much about the Memphis Tigers at this point, though he does recall some of the John Calipari days. Asked if Memphis is a school that Bolden would be interested in, Bolden implied that it’s a little too early.
Despite his strong frame and superb size for his age, Bolden actually sees himself as a small forward and compares his game to that of two-time NBA MVP LeBron James.
“Going off the dribble and posting up and midrange,” Bolden said of what he feels the strongest points of his game are. He mentioned “shooting the 3” as the weakest aspect of his skill set.
Playing at the Jayhawk Invitational with the Compton Magic/Memphis Magic at the end of April, Bolden impressed those in attendance and he too felt that he had a nice showing.
“I felt like I did real good,” Bolden said of his play in Lawrence, “The [tournament] had some real good players.”
Bolden’s team at Callaway is coming off of a rough high school season in which he said the team finished about 12-10. It was some of the aspects of the guard play that hurt the squad, according to Bolden. However, the big man did say that he put up approximately 16 points, 8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks an outing.
During this upcoming year, his junior year of high school, Bolden may retake up a sport his has not played in a while in addition to basketball.
“I’m thinking about playing [football] next year,” Bolden said, adding, “I played in middle school.”
Looking at his frame and considering his age, it is logical to think that Bolden could be quite good on the gridiron as well as the hardwood. He lines up at both tight end and wide receiver on offense as well as defensive end on the other side of the ball.
Right now, though, Treshawn Bolden seems to be focused on basketball and for good reason, as he is a talented young player with nice upside and a list of some quality college options that is sure to continue to grow.