Report: Butler Lands South Carolina Grad Transfer Guard Jair Bolden

According to Jeff Goodman of Goodman Hoops, the Butler Bulldogs have landed South Carolina grad transfer guard Jair Bolden:

He has one year of eligibility remaining and can play immediately.

The 6’3″, 215 pound redshirt junior averaged 8.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, and 1.4 apg. in 21.4 minutes per game during 30 games (15 starts) for the Gamecocks in 2019-20–including a 22 point performance in a road upset against #9 Virginia in late December (and their top rated defense).

He played his first two college seasons at George Washington, just like former Butler Bulldogs guard Paul Jorgensen before transferring (with Kethan Savage being another ex-GW guard transfer product that’s ended up in Butler blue).

One thing that stands out about Bolden is his three point shooting, as he shot an outstanding .412 from 3PT on 3.8 attempts per game last season–so he should be an excellent outside shooting complement to starting point guard Aaron Thompson‘s paint penetration game (but limited outside range) in the Bulldogs’ backcourt.

He also shows versatility at either guard spot, having started 15 games for the Gamecocks at point guard this past season.

Bolden’s known more for his offense than his defense–the latter which needs greater consistency–although he remains a capable perimeter defender.

Currently, as it stands, Bolden is projected to be Butler’s starting shooting guard, as the alternative is either incoming freshman guard Myles Tate or Chuck Harris.

The Bulldogs have potentially one scholarship remaining for next season–depending on what forward Jordan Tucker ultimately decides regarding further pursuing his NBA career.

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