Will be a junior in 2021-22 with two years of eligibility
SPOKANE, Wash. – Rasir (RAHJ-sheer) Bolton, a transfer from Iowa State, signed a financial aid agreement to attend Gonzaga University and will join the men’s basketball team for the 2021-22 season.
“I am excited to be a part of the Gonzaga family and I can’t wait to get to work,” Bolton said.
Bolton, a 6-3 185-pound guard, will be a junior for the Zags in 2021-22 and have two years of eligibility.
“I am looking forward to Rasir joining our program and believe he is going to help our team in a variety of ways next year,” GU Head Coach Mark Few said.
Bolton earned All-Big 12 Third-Team accolades last season after leading the team with 15.5 points per game. He ranked seventh in the Big 12 in scoring, sixth in field goal percentage (45.9), eighth in assists (3.9), fourth in free-throw percentage (84.3) and ninth in steals (1.3). The Petersburg, Va., native, reached double figures in 18 games, including a 26-point showing at TCU. He scored 20 points in four games, tallying 25 points at West Virginia and 21 points at Oklahoma and Baylor.
Bolton was honorable mention All-Big 12 in 2019-20, after starting in all 30 appearances for the Cyclones. He was second on team with 14.7 points per game. He transferred to ISU from Penn State. As a freshman, he was second among all Nittany Lions averaging 11.6 points. Bolton scored 2,066 points in high school at Massanutten Military Academy (Va.), averaging 20 points, five assists and four rebounds as a senior. He led Massanutten Military Academy’s post graduate men’s team to the nation’s No. 1 prep school ranking, a school-record 32 wins and the National Prep Tournament Elite 8 in 2017-18.
Bolton joins a Bulldog squad that advanced to their sixth-straight Sweet 16, the longest active streak in the nation, before ending the season in the program’s second national championship game appearance. Gonzaga won 31 games, going 15-0 in West Coast Conference play, winning the league regular season title for the ninth straight season. The Zags welcome back a talented team in 2021-22, and multiple media outlets have ranked GU in the Top-5 in their early preseason projections.
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