Bolton Iowa State

Bolton spent a year at Penn State before playing his sophomore and junior seasons with the Cyclones.

Former Iowa State and Penn State guard Rasir Bolton has committed to play his senior year for Gonzaga men’s basketball next season. The 6-foot-3-inch, 185 lb. guard from Petersville, Virginia entered the transfer portal on April 3 after two years in Ames. 

In his junior season this past year with the Cyclones, Bolton averaged 15.5 points per game off of 42.7% field goal shooting and 32.8% 3-point shooting. His aggressiveness while driving to the rim last season led to him drawing an average of 4.5 fouls per 40 minutes, and he converted 84% of his chances from the charity stripe. 

Last season’s Iowa State team only mustered two wins in 24 games, but Bolton was a bright spot as the steady hand at point guard for the Cyclones. 

Out of high school as a three-star recruit, Bolton was signed to Penn State and started nine games for the Nittany Lions where he averaged 11.6 points per game on 36% shooting from the field. Bolton entered the transfer portal for the first time in his collegiate career in 2019 after former Penn State head coach Pat Chambers directed a racial slur at Bolton during an exchange the two had in January that year. Chambers directed at Bolton. and settled on Iowa State.

He would settle on Iowa State heading into the 2019-20 season, where that season he was the other half of a backcourt featuring current Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton and averaged 14.7 points per game. 

Bolton’s ability to have a valuable impact while working with other strong guards like he did in 2019 will translate well when he joins the Zags next season. As it’s projected now, the GU starting backcourt will feature Andrew Nembhard and Hunter Sallis with Bolton mixed in, meaning that their combined ability to distribute and work off each other will be vital towards the entire team’s success. 

Asher Ali is a sports editor. Follow him on Twitter: @asher_ali3.

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