Duke hoping to make Marques Bolden the cherry on top of its 2016 class

DURHAM, N.C. — Even before Duke technically had a scholarship available for him, Marques Bolden became a prime target the Blue Devils want to add to an already talent-laden class of freshmen for next season.

Take the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland last week.

There was Harry Giles, a five-star power forward already signed to play at Duke next season, hanging out with the 6-10 Bolden dropping Duke hints whenever he could.

The same stuff was going on a week earlier in Chicago at the McDonald’s All-American Game. Giles, though recovering from last fall’s knee surgery and not playing this season, was there. So were future Blue Devils Frank Jackson and Jayson Tatum. Jackson was Bolden’s teammate on the West team; Tatum played for the East.

Perhaps they’ll all be together again in Durham this summer.

Bolden is the top uncommitted prospect in the class of 2016 now that Josh Jackson, another McDonald’s All-American, committed to Kansas on Monday.

He’s said he’ll make his college decision by April 17. Duke and Kentucky are his finalists.

What factors are working for and against the Blue Devils?