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Jonah Bolden

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Feeling that he was underutilized during his freshman season at UCLA in 2015-16, Bolden left school to play overseas. The Australian landed in Serbia this past season, playing for FMP Beograd of the ABA League. After just one season there, Bolden apparently felt he fared well enough to test the NBA waters. Bolden, who averaged only 4.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 31 games with 11 starts for UCLA, stepped up his game on the international level by putting up 12.9 points and pulling down 7.2 boards per contest. That effort in Serbia earned Bolden the title of the ABA League's top prospect. What that will translate into the NBA is likely a mid-to-late second-round selection for the swingman. Bolden is considered a solid shooter with decent range after making 47 percent of his overall shots and almost 42 percent from 3-point range in Serbia. For his size, Bolden does not possess good low-post skills but he can run the floor and has decent court vision and ball-handling abilities for his frame. Bolden could be a player without a true position in the NBA because he does a number of things well, but none at an elite level that would set him apart from others in the same boat. However, the potential for success is there because he's a good athlete who - if willing to learn - can be a project for a team able to invest the time in bringing him slowly along.

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