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Butler basketball lands guard from University of South Carolina

Jair Bolden Helped Gamecocks to 18-13 season
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Posted at 9:30 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 21:36:51-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- A well-traveled college basketball player will make Butler his final stop.

Jair Bolden will join the Bulldog's men’s basketball program for the upcoming 2020-21 season as a graduate transfer. The 6-3 guard arrives in Indianapolis after most recently playing at South Carolina.

“Jair is an impressive young man who first and foremost fits The Butler Way,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “He provides veteran leadership and understands the role he can have in our program’s success next season. Jair is a proven shooter and scorer who has experience in big games. He’s also had a 98-assist season in his career and has shown he can create for others. We’re excited to welcome Jair to our Butler family.”

Bolden averaged 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 21.4 minutes a game for South Carolina last season, starting 15 of his 30 games. He was the team’s best three-point shooter.

He helped the Gamecocks to an 18-13 record, including a 10-8 mark in SEC play. Bolden scored in double figures 15 times, including a 22-point performance in South Carolina’s road win at Virginia.

Bolden, who is from Brooklyn, NY, arrived at South Carolina after playing his first two seasons at George Washington.