What Does Jair Bolden’s Departure Mean For Gamecocks Basketball?

After a rough year for guard Jair Bolden, he has decided to take his talents into the transfer portal. 

Bolden started this season as the starting two-guard with superb shooting and a contributing weapon against Virginia in the early season upset.

A school spokesperson confirmed that Jair Bolden has decided to leave the Gamecocks.

He’ll immediately have a year of eligibility with whatever team decides to pick up his skillset. 

With the emergence of rising sophomore Jermaine Couisnard, team veteran junior in AJ Lawson, fan-favorite rising sophomore in Trae Hannibal, and rising Junior is TJ Moss, minutes were not guaranteed for Bolden.

Bolden had taken a backseat in the array of Gamecocks guards. 

What Does It Mean?

While I have always been a supporter of Jair Bolden, believing he was the team’s best true shooter, his departure won’t be the nail in the coffin of the Gamecocks future.

Losing Bolden frees up a scholarship spot, which helps secure Seventh Woods, a disgruntled North Carolina Tar Heels player. 

Bolden is a huge loss for the program as he was the best spot up, three-point shooter for the Gamecocks with an efficient step-back jumper. 

Bolden added a depth to the guard position that not a lot of programs have and he provided the team with a clutch shooter who can drill shots from behind the arch. 

The Gamecocks will feel the loss of his shooting next season, as Frank Martin will have to draw up a game plan that relies on driving to the paint, as Couisnard and Hannibal thrive in that style of play. 

On behalf of The Spurs Up Show, Bolden and his talents will be missed, and we wish the best of luck to him on his college basketball journey. 

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