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Wildcats add Georgetown transfer

By Joel Jellison

The Kansas State men’s basketball team added another piece to its 2013 recruiting class on Friday, landing Georgetown transfer Brandon Bolden.

Bolden — a 6-foot-10, 210-pound freshman, — played in just four games for the Hoyas this season, but brings added depth to the forward position for the Wildcats.

With the departures of Jordan Henriquez and Adrian Diaz, he will also be the tallest member on the team.

Bolden is the second transfer for the Wildcats in a week, after Maine’s Justin Edwards committed to K-State last weekend.

According to, K-State coaches approached Bolden almost immediately after he announced his intention to transfer two weeks ago, and he made it official with a call to coach Bruce Weber on Thursday night.

Bolden will sit out the 2013-14 season due to transfer rules, but will become a part of the roster with three years of eligibility remaining after that.

The Wildcats have had varying success with transferring big men in the past few years, scoring big with the transfer of Curtis Kelly from Connecticut, but missing with the transfer of Freddy Asprilla, who fizzled out after coming from at Florida International.

Bolden left the Hoyas wanting a shot at more playing time and looked heavily at Purdue and Miami (Ohio). He was recruited by assistant coach Chester Frazier, who also recruited Bolden’s former high school teammate Jevon Thomas, who signed with K-State in February.

Thomas and Bolden played together at Quality Education Academy, and the chance to reunite with a friend from his prep days was one of the draws.

Coming out of high school, scouts described Bolden’s style of play as comparable to a young Chris Bosh — now an All-Star forward for the Miami Heat.

Bolden adds a new connection to the nation’s capital after Washington, D.C. native Rodney McGruder graduated. K-State has had several players with links to D.C. over the past few years, including Wally Judge and Michael Beasley, who came through the DC Assault AAU pipeline.

Bolden will move to Manhattan in June.

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