With three seniors exhausting their eligibility and three more students deciding to transfer this spring, Bruce Weber has been presented with several holes to fill. On Friday he landed his biggest plug yet. 6’10″ Georgetown center Brandon Bolden has announced he will transfer to Kansas State this fall. With the addition he has completed his first recruiting class.
Bolden received limited playing time the past year, seeing action in only four games for five cumulative minutes as a freshman. However, he was forced to fight for playing time on a roster with four centers and four additional forwards that stood at least 6’8″. The Sumter, SC native announced his intention to transition elsewhere on April 30, and announced his decision on May 17. He will be forced to sit out one year, and still has his redshirt eligibility.
Bolden was recruited by several big name programs coming out of high school, with offers from Baylor, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, VCU, and Virginia Tech. The three star center should be a welcome addition to the Wildcats, who remain in desperate need of big men following the graduation of starter Jordan Henriquez and transfer of Adrian Diaz. The raw report on Bolden is that he’s, well, really raw. He’s failed to demonstrate the basketball specific skills that make great offensive players but has incredible athleticism and should be able to make plays based on his pure strength and leaping ability. This is the key characteristic that K-State asks of almost all its big men, and hopefully he adds another layer of toughness to Bruce Weber’s squad.