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Report: Penn State Hoops’ Rasir Bolton Enters Transfer Portal

Penn State men’s basketball guard Rasir Bolton has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal, according to a report from 247Sports.

Bolton, a rising sophomore from Petersburg, Virginia, had a solid first season playing for Pat Chambers’ program. He was typically one of the Nittany Lions’ first options off the bench, and he backed that up with 11.6 points per game. Only Lamar Stevens scored more than he did in the 2018-19 season.

The guard scored at least 20 points in four games this season, including a career-high 27 against Colgate and 25 in Penn State’s games against NC State and Jacksonville State. He made nine starts for the Nittany Lions, played in a total of 32 games, and was the team’s most effective free-throw shooter (87.6 percent).

The NCAA’s transfer portal works the same way in basketball as it does in football. Bolton’s entry into the portal doesn’t force him to leave Pat Chambers’ program, and he’s welcome to return to the team if he and the head coach want to take that course of action. Bolton is the first Penn State basketball player to enter the transfer portal since it was implemented in October 2018.

If Bolton does ultimately decide to leave Happy Valley, Penn State would lose a player who could fill a key role at guard next season. Josh Reaves is leaving the team after finishing his four-year career, so a starting spot alongside guys like Jamari Wheeler and Myles Dread is up for grabs entering the 2019-20 season.

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