Class of 2014 forward Jonah Bolden commits to UCLA

  • 12/10/2013 9:52 am in

Class of 2014 Finlay Prep (Nev.) forward Jonah Bolden is headed to the Pac-12.

The 6-foot-9 Bolden, a native of Australia, committed to UCLA during an official visit that began on Sunday, according to reports by Jeff Goodman of and Evan Daniels of

Bolden, the No. 49 player nationally according to the 247Composite, also considered Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Southern Methodist and USC.

The Hoosiers began recruiting Bolden, who transferred to Findlay Prep for his final high school season, earlier this fall. His father, Bruce, played professionally in Australia after a collegiate career at Boise State.

Indiana has three players signed for its 2014 class — guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson and forward Max Hoetzel.

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  • CreamandCrimson

    Good luck to Mr. Bolden. I’m glad he committed to UCLA and Steve Alford, hopefully he can help Alford get the Bruins to whatever level UCLA fans will be pleased with. That being said, I’m happy he didn’t commit to IU. Not because I don’t think he can be a good player (I have no idea, never seen him play). But because I don’t want us to bring anyone else in (minus possibly Jaquan Lyle if Tom Crean is convinced he will be a positive member of the program) for the class of 2014. I like our class of 3 and I see no reason to stuff anyone else into our already overloaded scholarship situation.

  • BadBoyHulls

    Yea I was kind of glad he didn’t commit so we didn’t have to read about everyone freaking out about the scholarship situation

  • Dave Carnes

    Even if Vohlen leaves we are going to be tough down low.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    not a whole lot of time dedicated to this recruitment on ITH, so not surprised he went somewhere else. on a positive note, i keep hearing about how a couple of our recruits (RJ, JBJ) have been lighting it up big time, especially behind the arc. gonna be a complete team next year, just hope NV sticks around (personally, i think he will).

  • Alford Bailey

    Steve is really getting the job done recruiting wise. I look for UCLA to become a powerhouse again. I am interested to see Bryce Alford play. Ive heard he can stroke it like his ol man.

  • namedafterDamonBailey

    I’ve seen a few comments about JBJ and RJ lighting it up early on this season… Can anyone give me a stats update on these gentlemen? or a link to read up on their hot start? Thanks!

  • ILive4IUBball

    Maybe Alex and the crew can give us a story on them?

  • namedafterDamonBailey

    They already do so much, so I cant complain. However, I’m sure everyone would be pleased with that.

  • HoosierTrav

    He’s looking really good. I watched them play Mizzou the other day and he’s pretty impressive…. The Zach Lavine kid is an absolute monster though. Wow! Was he underrated or what?

  • HoosierTrav

    Neither have scored less than 35 points in a game.

  • you don’t want exum?

  • CreamandCrimson

    I would be absolutely shocked if Dante Exum spends any time on a college campus. There have been multiple stories that say he has met with agents/representatives. If he decides he wants to play in college for a year, sure, I’d gladly have him in B-Town but I’m not even considering him an option.

  • steve

    If noah leaves we will be tough down low? Really the way I see it if he leaves we will be hurting down low. How do you figure?

  • InTheMtns

    As HoosierTrav said, James put up 39 points against Lawrence North. Robert Johnson had 35 points in his (overtime) game, along with five rebounds and two assists. He was 10-of-20 from the field and 6-of-8 on 3-pointers.

  • His draft stock will continue to slide due to being out of sight, out of mind. Jabari just passed him on most reputable draft boards. Marcus Smart, Embiid, and Gordon all have a shot at moving above Exum simply because they’re playing college ball while Exum won’t be doing anything in front of scouts. Exum will likely slide to 6 or 7 in most projections by season’s end. He can have a legitimate shot at the #1 pick for 2015. Even though it’s unlikely, it’s not out of the question that he goes to a U.S. college for one year.

  • Alford Bailey

    Agreed on keeping the 5* talent .

  • surprised? yes. shocked? no. jabari, embiid, smart, gordon, and even vonleh have potential to be projected higher than exum. Exum isn’t playing in front of scouts, so his stock will naturally slide. He can be #1 for 2015 or 6/7/8 for 2014. It’s not out of the question that he goes to college in the U.S.

  • Alford Bailey

    If Exum has met with agents doesn’t he lose his amateur status?

  • calbert40

    In his first game at Marion, he broke the all-time, single game scoring record (it was his dad’s). I think he scored something like 53, and according to reports, he only played about 3 quarters. It wasn’t great competition, but 53 points is pretty ridiculous. I guess he had 25 at the end of the 1st quarter!!!

  • PDXHoosier

    I actually think HMP and Luke together will be a good frontcourt next year. Neither is as good as Vonleh, obviously, but they should be serviceable with the shooters and slashers we will have.

  • HoosierPat

    Personally I’d love to have Jaquan Lyle in Bloomington. The kid can do it all. From what I’ve read about his recruitment and his relationship with CTC, I think IU definitely is near, or at the top of his list.

  • HoosierPat

    I honestly like Hollowell in the post more than u like him handling the ball or on a wing. He just gets so out of control. I’d really like to see him play inside out more often.

  • esapata

    I thought you actually had to sign with an agent…

  • I have no idea what the rules are or if he’s actually talked to agents.

  • Snookafly

    Totally agree. I’d love to see Jaquan Lyle, but that’s about it.

  • G-Rob

    Agree, feel the same way. Lyle would be the only other recruit I think we should consider. Really good 3 man class now but Lyle would make it a super guard class

  • tompositano

    Are you kidding? No one who will be picked in top 8-10 will go to/stay in college. No way. Too much money and opportunity. Vonleh is gone too… he’ll be top 10 pick.

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    No question about it. Alford has done a fantastic recruiting job. I don’t know what his secret is, but UCLA is definitely going to be a force once again.

  • Marcus smart and Gary Harris stayed for another year. exum will be a year younger than them. he’ll probably go pro but I wouldn’t bet my life savings that he will

  • Will

    that was 05-08, and that is not why the coach was fired. He lost control of his program and 2/3ds of the players had quit. He was starting 4 transfers and could not keep his own recruits