Bolden transfers to North from Norcross

Chris Bolden

Chris Bolden

In recent years, summer has provided quite a bit of movement among some of the top high school basketball players in Georgia.

And this year is no exception, with one of Gwinnett County's biggest returning names for 2011-12 having transferred from one county school to another.

First-team All-County guard Chris Bolden has left defending Class AAAAA state champion Norcross and has enrolled at Region 7-AAAAA rival North Gwinnett.

Bolden could not be reached for comment, but Bulldogs coach Zach Smith confirmed Monday that the 6-foot-2 rising senior has enrolled at North.

He was a key figure in Norcross' state title after averaging 15 points and 1.9 assists and shooting 34.5 percent from 3-point range through the Blue Devils' first 23 games last season.

And Smith is eager to see what Bolden can add to a squad that went 18-10 and made the Class AAAAA state tournament last season and returns several key players, including fellow rising seniors Kwesi Abakah and A.J. Clements.

"Without a doubt (Bolden) is an outstanding player based on his body of work," Smith said. "We're excited about what we have returning this year."

North will be Bolden's third different school in his fourth high school seasons.

As a freshman, he helped Brookwood to a runner-up finish in Region 8-AAAAA by averaging 12.9 points per game before moving on to Norcross the following season, where he averaged 8.7 points during the Blue Devils' run to the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals.

Bolden will also be one of Gwinnett's top prospects among this season's seniors.

He initially gave a verbal commitment to the University of Miami, but reopened his recruitment shortly after then Hurricanes' head coach Frank Haith resigned to take the head coaching job at Missouri.

He is still considering Miami, along with holding scholarship offers from several other schools, including Boston College, Marquette, Ole Miss, Nebraska, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.