Tennessee State has made an addition to its roster for the 2016-17 season, as former Georgia Tech guard Chris Bolden will play for head coach Dana Ford as a graduate student. News of Bolden’s eventual transfer was first reported by Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.
Bolden was handed a six-game suspension by Georgia Tech in mid-February for a violation of the student-athlete conduct policy, and with that suspension running through the Yellow Jackets’ first game in the ACC Tournament he did not play another game for Brian Gregory’s program. In May Gregory announced that Bolden would not return to the program for the 2015-16 season, which did not come as a surprise.
With the 6-foot-3 guard on course to graduate in December he can move on to another program for his final season of eligibility.
Bolden started 11 of the 25 games in which he played last season, averaging 6.9 points in 21.3 minutes of action per game. For his career at Georgia Tech, Bolden averaged 6.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
Tennessee State will lose four guards from its perimeter rotation at the end of this season. Returnees Marcus Roper (10.0 ppg in 2014-15) and Xavier Richards (6.7 ppg) are both seniors, and transfers Keron DeShields (Montana) and Jordan Reed (Binghamton) are in their final season of eligibility as well.