Inside the Locker Room: Matt Bouldin
By: Bill Hyland
In their Inaugural season the Delaware 87ers want to open the locker room doors and give our fans a first hand look at the players they cheer for on a nightly basis. Tonight we focus on the newly acquired 26 year old, 6-5 215lb, shooting guard from Colorado, Matt Bouldin.
Matt Bouldin grew up in Highlands Ranch Colorado and from the time he could handle a basketball was out on the court practicing. Growing up he idolized NBA greats like “Pistol” Pete Marovich and many of the older players who understood the importance of shooting with proper technique and playing fundamental basketball. Bouldin would hone his craft after these former greats and go on to an outstanding high school career where he was named 2005-06 Colorado State Player of the Year after a dominating senior season averaging 25.4 points per game and 6.4 assists per game. .
Highly recruited out of high school, Bouldin chose to attend Gonzaga, the small Jesuit College in Spokane, Washington. When asked how he came to choose Gonzaga Bouldin did not hesitate in saying, .
“They love basketball up there! They breathe basketball in the Pacific Northwest and knew it would be a perfect fit because of the success they had with players like me, It was a perfect combination.”.
Bouldin’s collegiate career at Gonzaga lasted four years and was a success from the start, named to the 2007 West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team after his first season. Bouldin was honored to have the opportunity to play for Team USA in the 2007 FIBA Under 19 World Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia and won a silver medal. .
Bouldin had an outstanding collegiate career with the Gonzaga Bulldogs. In 135 games he started 118, and his contributions were huge finishing 6th in career scoring (1,683pts) , 5th in assists (444), 4th in steals (170). He led the Zags to 4 straight WCC Titles and in his junior year took them to the “Sweet 16” at the NCAA Tournament. Bouldin saw his scoring and rebounding averages increase each college season and played his best basketball his senior year when he led the Zags to a 27 win season and was eventually named the WCC’s Mens Basketball Player of the Year. .
After going undrafted by the NBA in 2010 Bouldin played with the Chicago Bulls summer league before going overseas to begin his pro career. Playing in Greece and Tel Aviv was an excellent experience for Bouldin not only in basketball but personally, having the opportunity to travel and see the world. “It was different. There’s definitely no place like America but it was pretty sweet getting to travel the world playing basketball. It doesn’t get much better than that.” .
Back in the US Bouldin is playing pro ball in the NBA D-League. Finding a home with the Delaware 87ers Bouldin is excited for the chance to get more playing time and show the fans what he is capable of doing on the court. In 11 games played with the Sevens he has started 6 and is shooting 48.3% from the field and 36% from behind the arc. He has scored in double figures 9 of 11 games and January 13th against the Erie BayHawks posted season highs had his first double-double (25pts and 10reb)..
When asked what has contributed to his hot start since joining the Sevens Bouldin replied, “I’m thankful for getting the opportunity. I feel like a lot of players just need the opportunity to show what they can do and I’m really thankful for these coaches giving me a chance and letting me play my game.”.
Bouldin went on to praise Delaware 87ers head coach Rod Baker saying, “I really like coach Baker. He is down to earth, does a good job getting his message across and I have enjoyed playing for him so far.”.
The Sevens have enjoyed Bouldin’s play on the court as well and anticipate what the young guard has in store for the rest of the season.