Former 5-Star Center Marques Bolden Reportedly to Transfer from Duke Blue Devils

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2017

DURHAM, NC - DECEMBER 03:  Marques Bolden #20 of the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Duke center Marques Bolden didn't live up to his potential with the Blue Devils and will reportedly try his hand at a different school following his freshman season.

On Sunday, Adam Rowe of 247Sports cited sources who said Bolden will transfer from head coach Mike Krzyzewski's program. According to Rowe, he is expected to transfer to TCU, SMU or Texas, which are all closer to his Dallas home than Durham, North Carolina.

Randal Kennedy of Scout also reported on the impending transfer.

Despite arriving at Duke as the No. 8 overall recruit and No. 1 center in the class of 2016, per Scout, he posted just 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 6.5 minutes per game this season. He didn't even play in either of the team's NCAA tournament games.

Rowe noted injuries to Bolden's foot and ankle limited his production, and he missed Duke's first eight contests. By the time he returned, he found himself behind the likes of Jayson Tatum and Amile Jefferson in the team's formidable frontcourt rotation.

This reported move continues a pattern of roster upheaval in the Duke frontcourt this offseason.

Chase Jeter will also transfer, per Duke basketball, and Harry Giles declared for the NBA draft after just one season. What's more, Tatum declared for the draft as a potential top-five pick and Jefferson was a senior this season.

As for Bolden, he will look to deliver on his potential at a different school that can offer him more playing time than the Blue Devils did during his freshman campaign.

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