Jonah Bolden, a 6'8" forward from Findlay Prep by way of Australia, is scheduled to visit UCLA on Dec. 6, according to Scout.com. That suggests the Bruins may be the front-runner.
Assuming the report is correct, it's a puzzling time for the Bruins to schedule Bolden's visit because UCLA does not play a home game that weekend. Of course, the game-day atmosphere at Pauley Pavilion cannot match that of some of the other big-time basketball programs, so Steve Alford may not want to present that comparison.
Bolden cut his list of colleges to six in mid-November: Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, USC, UCLA and SMU. But earlier in November, he told SNY.tv, “I’d say the ones that are working hard on me now are UCLA, SMU, Louisville [and] Indiana, that’s probably the top right there."
UCLA assistant David Grace visited with Bruce Bolden, Jonah’s father, in Australia, according to the SNY.tv report, and that may have made an impression.
The Bruins have already signed power forward Kevon Looney, rated the nation's No. 11 overall recruit by ESPN.com. But that does not seem to be a deterrent for Bolden, who sees himself as a small forward.
“Coach Grace asked me the other day about him coming there, and he said he’s going to play power forward, which I love to hear,” Bolden said, according to SNY.tv. “Me being an inch taller than him and playing the three, stretch four, that’s something to take into account.”
Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com wrote a few weeks ago of Bolden's recruitment, "UCLA could be tough to beat here."
Indiana is the other school that is competing hard for Bolden. The Hoosiers were not on Bolden's original list of 10 schools, but they seem to be coming on strong now.
Perhaps because Findlay Prep has so many other Division I prospects on the squad, the ratings for Bolden vary considerably. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 30 recruit in the class, but Rivals.com and ESPN.com rank him No. 62 and No. 70, respectively.