2008-09 ATLANTIC 10 ALL-CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM 2008-09 ATLANTIC 10 ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
As a Freshman:
Was one of six players, and two freshmen (along with Eric Evans), to see action in all 34 games ... finished the year with his scoring average at a season high 9.9 ppg. ... averaged 4.4 rebounds in 25.7 minutes per game ... posted a 10.1 ppg. scoring average in 16 conference games ... was at his best in the post-season where he averaged 14.8 ppg. in five games (36.8 min./g.) ... shot .520 from the field and .571 (12-of-21) from the 3-point arc in four Atlantic 10 Championship games and the NIT ... the 14.8 ppg. post-season scoring average was second only to Aaron Jackson's 25.0 ppg. ... joined the starting lineup in game number six (at then-No. 3 (AP) Pitt) and started the final 29 games of the season ... was named to the A-10 preseason All-Rookie team and backed it up by being the only player from that team to earn a spot on the post-season All-Rookie squad ... posted all 14 of his double-digit games in his last 25 outings including a career-high 26 vs. George Washington on Jan. 14 ... averaged 14.0 ppg. (second best scoring average on the team) at the A-10 Championship on his way to becoming just the tenth freshman in the history of the event to earn a spot on the All-Championship Team ... posted his first career double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds in the tournament-opening win over UMass ... his 13 boards were a career best as well as the second-highest freshman total in A-10 Championship history (7-1 Yinka Dare had 14 for George Washington vs. Rhode Island in 1993) ... Bolding's top rebounding game prior to the UMass game was seven ... hit a Duquesne freshman record seven 3-pointers (in 10 attempts) in scoring 24 vs. Dayton in the semifinal two nights later ... his seven 3-pointers were the most since Bryant McAllister hit 8-of-13 in scoring 36 points at Rhode Island on Feb. 8, 2006 ... Bolding's 11 3-pointers (11-of-19, .579 overall) in four tournament games were an A-10 Championship freshman record ... scored 19 in front of family and friends at Fordham and had 18 in the double overtime 116-108 NIT loss at Virginia Tech ... scored nine points in the first 10 minutes of the Virginia Tech game while being guarded by Tech's third team All-Atlantic Coast Conference senior A.D. Vassallo ... also blocked a Vassallo jumper in the game's early moments ... played a season-high 45 of a possible 50 minutes against the Hokies ... had a trio of 16-point games (at Robert Morris, at St. Bonaventure and vs. Rhode Island) ... scored 14 in 22 minutes vs. Rice on Dec. 20 for his first double-digit game ... scored all of his nine points in the first five minutes of his second start, a win at Radford ... went 4-of-6 from the 3-point arc at Robert Morris ... added four more "3's" in the 26-point outburst against George Washington ... pulled down seven rebounds vs. Xavier and matched that at Richmond ... had six rebounds in a game seven times and three steals in a game three times ... had a career-high four assists in the A-10 opener vs. Charlotte ... tied for third on the team with 54 offensive boards ... was second on the team in charges-taken with eight.
GETTING BETTER AND BETTER
Melquan Bolding showed steady improvement as the 2008-09 season progressed. Here is a comparison of his numbers in 13 games prior to conference play, in 16 Atlantic 10 regular season games and in the Dukes' five post-season games (four at the A-10 Championship and one in the NIT):
TIME FRAME MIN FG-AT, PCT 3M-AT, PCT FT-AT, PCT PPG
Pre-Conference (13 g.) 18.1 34-87, .391 11-39, .282 20-32, .625 7.6
Atlantic 10 (16 g.) 28.4 61-143, .427 14-48, .292 26-35, .743 10.1
Post-Season (5 g.) 36.8 26-50, .520 12-21, .571 10-15, .667 14.8
Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. (head coach Ryan Hurd) ... was ranked as the No. 27 player in the class of 2008 and No. 13 fifth-year player in the nation by Hoop Scoop ... was cited as the seventh-best prospect in New England and the No. 4 prospect in Massachusetts by the New England Recruiting Report (March 2008) ... averaged 18 points and seven rebounds per game for a Notre Dame Prep team that was seeded sixth at the 2008 prep championship ... Prep advanced to the national tournament semifinal before losing to Findlay College Prep 74-70 in overtime ... hit the game-winning shot - a banked in 3-pointer with under a second left - to give Notre Dame Prep a 75-73 upset win over The Patterson School in the opening round of the prep national tournament.
Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, N.Y. (head coach Tim Philp) ... averaged 21.7 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game as a junior in helping Archbishop Stepinac to a 17-8 record in CHSAA Class A in 2006-07 ... scored a season-high 32 points in the season-opener against Monsignor McClancy ... had 31 points against both Mt. St. Michael Academy and La Salle Academy ... had 12 double-digit rebound games with a career-high 17 boards against Blessed Sacrament St. Gabriel ... posted five or more steals in a game six times ... averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds per game and shot 60 percent from the floor as a sophomore in helping Archbishop Stepinac to a 15-11 record (10-5 in conference play), an improvement over a 7-18 season in 2004-05 ... scored a career-high 38 against Monsignor McClancy as a sophomore ... had four 30-point games in averaging 23.0 points per game that season.
Was recruited by a number of Big East schools before verbally committing to Louisville prior to enrolling at Notre Dame Prep ... was named to the 2008 Pittsburgh Pro Am Summer League All-Rookie Team where he competed against players from Pitt, West Virginia and Robert Morris among others ... corporate communication major ... full name is Melquan Anthony Bolding ... date of birth: 12/20/88.