Brandon Bolden commits to Hoyas

John Thompson was preparing for his first official practice of the season Friday night. At the same time, junior forward Brandon Bolden was preparing to commit to the Hoyas.

"We went in the back into Coach Thompson's office while it was going on," Bolden said. "It hadn't kicked off yet. He was definitely happy (when I committed). He was waiting on when I was going to do it."

Bolden might have had an idea he was ready to commit, but his AAU coach, George Burgess, was somewhat caught off guard. "I didn't think he was going to do it," Burgess said. "Florida was on him hard but he was rock solid. He really liked Florida but he said with the things he does Georgetown was the best fit."

What's interesting about Bolden is that while he's been seen on the circuit by scouts, it wasn't until this fall that his stock began to heat up. A native of South Carolina, he transferred to Charlottesville (Va.) Miller School this fall and word began leaking out of his improvement.

This could very well be a case of the Hoyas getting far enough ahead of the pack to lock up a good player before many of their counterparts had a chance to evaluate Bolden, let alone recruit him.

"I always knew that's where I wanted to go. It was just a matter of the time of when I was going to do it," Bolden said. "My mom gave me the green light to do it when I felt it was right."

Bolden's pledge was the first high-major commitment to emerge from Friday night's festivities.

Dave Telep is the senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. His college basketball scouting service is used by more than 225 colleges and numerous NBA teams. He can be reached at espndt@gmail.com.