Sophomore guard Jair Bolden will transfer out of the men’s basketball program after two seasons in Foggy Bottom.
ESPN reporter Jeff Goodman was the first to report the departure Friday and Bolden later went to Twitter to confirm the news.
“GWU has helped me so much on the court and even more off. It’s been an amazing 2 years and I’m extremely thankful to everyone that has been a part of the journey. I wish nothing but the best for my brothers in the future,” Bolden said in a tweet Friday morning.
The Brooklyn, N.Y. native was one of six freshmen to join GW’s roster in 2016. His defense and athleticism earned him a starting spot during the second half of his first year and he ended the 2016-17 season with 4.8 points and 1.9 assists per game.
This year, Bolden started as point guard and was one of the Colonials’ top offensive weapons, scoring 11.2 points on 11.1 attempts. He combined for 38 points in GW’s two postseason contests, but the team fell to Saint Louis and finished its season in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
GW will graduate senior guards Yuta Watanabe and Jack Granger and both graduate student forwards Bo Zeigler and Patrick Steeves’ eligibility has run out. Bolden is the team’s first announced transfer this year. Last year, five Colonials left the program with remaining years of eligibility.