UCLA freshman Jonah Bolden has been cleared by the NCAA to begin practicing with the Bruins, the team announced. Bolden had been ineligible to play or practice with the team after the NCAA ruled him a partial-qualifier before the season. Bolden will still be unable to play this season.
Bolden, who can play guard or forward, was a consensus four-star recruit who could have added needed depth to UCLA’s roster this season. Bolden will be a sophomore next season and will have three more years of eligibility, though he can petition the NCAA for a fourth year.
The eligibility issues stem from Bolden’s senior season in high school. Bolden, who is from Australia, went to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas for his senior year. He stayed at Findlay until December, when he left for Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.