Just over one month after entering his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal, freshman guard Rasir Bolton has announced he will be transferring out of Penn State and heading to Iowa State. Bolton averaged 11.6 points per game, second on the team behind Lamar Stevens, and led the squad with 36.1% three-point shooting.
As it currently stands, Bolton will be required to sit out one season in Ames before being eligible. However, his father indicated to Dave Jones last month that they may pursue a waiver for unspecified reasons.
“At this point, I want to give Penn State a chance to respond. I can tell you it’s a non-basketball related issue.
“Right now, we’re just trying to get through the process clean and move on to the next destination.”
Ray Bolton emphasized that the academic portion of Rasir’s year at Penn State was not the problem:
“School was great. Academically, the support system was tremendous. There were just some situations that went on throughout the course of the season that were just hard to come back from, as a family.
“I think a fresh start may be the best thing for him.”
Bolton arrived in Happy Valley as a three-star prospect along with Myles Dread, Myreon Jones, and Daniil Kasatkin in the Class of 2019. They were joined by Izaiah Brockington, a St. Bonaventure transfer who will be eligible for this upcoming season.
As it currently stands, Patrick Chambers will be looking to replace his top-three scorers from one year ago. Stevens has until later today to withdraw from the NBA Draft, while third-leading scorer Josh Reaves has exhausted his collegiate eligibility. The belief has been that Stevens will ultimately return for his senior season, but he has yet to make that news official if it is indeed the case.