H: 6' 3"|
W: 195 lbs
(27 Years Old)
Current: G |
High School: Archbishop Stepinac
Hometown: Mount Vernon, NY
Notre Dame Prep was strong enough to bring a high-major wing committed to Louisville in Melquan Bolding. He came into the game and gave them immediate energy with his superb athleticism and incredible motor, wreaking havoc in the paint despite being only 6-4. Bolding is a very physically gifted player, tough as nails, and super active. He took the ball strong to the basket time after time, finishing strong through contact and getting to the free throw line. He’s a superb rebounder, particularly on the offensive end, making great use of his length, strength and explosiveness. He also plays good defense, not giving his man any space to operate and being an absolute menace getting in the passing lanes and even chasing blocks. He reminds to a certain extent of current Syracuse guard Paul Harris in those aspects.
Offensively, he can get to the rim thanks to his tenacity and terrific first step, but is pretty raw besides that. He doesn’t see the floor well at all, driving into brick walls, missing open teammates, turning the ball over and taking ill advised shots. He only shot the ball twice from outside the paint, but it did not look pretty at all.
Bolding looks like a useful collegiate player to bring off the bench for an athletic team like Louisville. It’s possible he could develop into more than that, but it will take him time.