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Duke Coach On Why Marques Bolden Stayed In NBA Draft

Marques Bolden dunks the ball in a game for Duke.

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 02: Marques Bolden #20 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks against the Miami Hurricanes during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 02, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 87-57. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

There was quite a bit of surprise when Duke center Marques Bolden decided to leave early to enter the NBA. People were just as surprised to see him opt to stay in the NBA draft pool.

After participating in workouts for numerous NBA teams though, it seems that Bolden does have a chance of landing on an NBA roster, even if his name isn't called on Draft Day. Duke assistant Jon Scheyer seemed to have an idea of why he stayed in the draft pool.

Scheyer explained that Bolden has made it clear he is ready for the challenges the NBA has to offer. Additionally, teams like the fact that he's 6-foot-11 but can still defend the rim and shoot well. From 247Sports:

"Marques has gotten to the point where he's gotten some good feedback, he went through the process and he's ready for the challenges that face him," Scheyer said. "People like the fact that he's 6'11", he can really defend ball screens and protect the rim. I think he's shown in the pre-draft process he can shoot the ball and he's just adding his confidence to do it in games...

Though Bolden is not among the higher-rated prospects in the upcoming NBA Drafts, plenty of top franchises have given him a workout.

The New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, and Oklahoma City Thunder have all had him in or have scheduled him for a visit.

As a junior, Bolden started 21 of 35 games for the Blue Devils, averaging 5.3 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, and 19 minutes per game.

However, his 58-percent field goal percentage was fourth-best on the team - topping the likes of teammates R.J. Barrett, Tre Jones, and Cam Reddish.