Rasir Bolton granted waiver by NCAA, eligible for 2019-20

Jan 10, 2019; Lincoln, NE, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard Rasir Bolton (13) gestures during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second half at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Nebraska won 70-64. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletic Communications.

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State Athletics Department announced today that guard Rasir Bolton (RAHJ-sheer BOWL-ton), who averaged 11.6 points as a freshman at Penn State, has been granted a waiver by the NCAA making him immediately eligible to compete during the 2019-20 season.

The NCAA granted Bolton his waiver after considering the circumstances surrounding his transfer from Penn State to Iowa State.

“We are excited that Rasir will be allowed to compete for us this season,” Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm said. “We certainly appreciate Penn State for their assistance during the process and are grateful that the NCAA considered all the facts in coming to this decision.”

“I’m so happy that I will be able to play for Iowa State this season,” Bolton said. “It has been a long process and I can’t thank everyone enough for their support. The care and thoroughness by the compliance staff here at Iowa State in helping me get this opportunity is really appreciated. I can’t wait to play at Hilton Coliseum in front of our amazing fans.”

A native of Petersburg, Virginia, Bolton played 32 games for Penn State as a freshman in 2018-19. He shot 36.1 percent from behind the arc and 87.6 percent at the free-throw line. Bolton connected on 52 three-pointers, giving the Cyclones another threat from three-point range.

Bolton reached double figures in 20 games, including three games scoring 25 or more points. He announced his intention to transfer from Penn State in April and signed with the Cyclones in May. He spent the summer working out with his team in Ames and has three years of eligibility beginning this season.

The Cyclones open the 2019-20 season on Nov. 5 when they host Mississippi Valley State at Hilton Coliseum.

Jared Stansbury


Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.