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Marques Bolden To Return To Duke After He Reportedly Considered Transfer

Marques Bolden had reportedly considered transferring from Duke after a rough first season, but now he plans to stay with the Blue Devils.

Adam Rowe of 247Sports, who originally broke the story that Bolden was considering a transfer back closer to his home in Texas.

Duke Center Marques Bolden will transfer this offseason, according to sources. The big man from Desoto, TX was ranked 15th nationally coming out of high school but never lived up to the billing once he ended up at the college level. Early injuries to his lower leg (reportedly his ankle and foot) compounded to cause disruption to his adjustment to the college game.

Now, Rowe has reversed course, reporting that Bolden will return to Duke for a second season.

After pondering a transfer earlier this offseason, the Five-Star big man has informed the Blue Devils' coaching staff that he's decided to stay at Duke.

Bolden was the No. 1 center in the class of 2016, and the No. 15 player in the entire recruiting class. Injuries kept him out of the first eight games of the season, and he only played sporadically since that stretch, averaging just 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds per game. His best game likely came against Miami, when he scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds in a season-high 23 minutes.

Bolden did not play in the Blue Devils' two NCAA Tournament games.

Update: Per Duke, Bolden's return for his sophomore season is now official.