Bolden is leaving #Gamecocks basketball program

Guard Jair Bolden plans to play his final season somewhere other than USC (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

Guard Jair Bolden is taking advantage of the Transfer Portal again. Bolden, who arrived at USC in 2018 as a transfer from George Washington, is leaving after one season of actual playing time with the Gamecocks. USC head coach Frank Martin confirmed Bolden’s plans to SportsTalkSC.com Wednesday afternoon. The news was first reported by national college basketball reporter Jeff Goodman.

Bolden was a key contributor for the Gamecocks last season. He started half of their 30 games and scored in double figures 16 times, averaging just over 8 points per game. And he was the team’s best three-point threat making over 41% of his attempts.

Bolden’s departure puts the Gamecocks at the NCAA limit of 13 scholarship players for next season. His spot will be filled by transfer guard Seventh Woods, who sat out last season as a non-scholarship player. USC could have more departures. In particular, it is believed junior guard AJ Lawson is mulling over entering the NBA Draft, something he considered last off-season before deciding to return to school.

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