After playing before a sellout crowd at Gwinnett Arena and a statewide TV audience in the Georgia
5-A title game, an afternoon workout in April wouldn’t seem to be pressure-packed. The player was 6’-3” junior shooting star, Chris Bolden of Norcross High School. The audience included Georgia Tech coaches Brian Gregory, Chad Dollar and Josh Pastorino. The three coaches were in the stands checking out the combo guard, who decommitted from the University of Miami on Monday.
The Georgia Tech coaches got their money’s worth. “It was about an hour and fifteen minutes workout. I think I did pretty good.”
The Tech coaches showed their interest in Bolden by having the entire staff at the workout. Bolden expects to be hearing from the Tech coaches in the very near future.
The Tech coaches let Chris' coach know that they don’t like seeing the good players leave the state. “They said they were tired of having (high school) players leave Georgia and hoped I’d stay here.” The coaches didn’t discuss the topic of giving him an offer.
The Georgia Tech coaches were not the only visitors Chris had this week. “Coaches from Virginia Tech and South Carolina were also by to talk to me at school (during the four day open recruiting period).”
Bolen was originally a Miami commit but he has not heard from former coach Frank Haith since he took the job at Missouri. “We haven’t talked, but he may have called me last night and left a message.”
The visit by the Georgia Tech coaches have moved them into his top five but he was not ready to name any other schools. “My dad said I probably shouldn’t get into that.” Bolden’s dad will continue to be involved in his recruitment. “He’ll offer his feedback, but the decision will be mine. I’ll also talk to my AAU coach.” Norcross coach Jesse McMillan will continue to screen the coaches for Chris.
Right now, Bolden is looking at November as the time he’ll decide on a school.
Until then, Chris will continue to play AAU ball. “I play AAU ball with Worldwide, an U-17 team. We play out of Wheeler High School. We got to the Sweet Sixteen in last weekend’s tournament in Little Rock and we’re going to Ohio for a tournament this weekend.