NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State men’s basketball Head Coach Dana Ford announced former Georgia Tech guard Chris Bolden (Tifton, Ga.) has signed a financial aid agreement to play his final season at TSU in 2016-17.
“Chris is coming to us from a great program in Georgia Tech, and we’re excited to have him,” Ford said. “He’s going to be able to add some scoring to our perimeter to replace guys like Marcus Roper (Walton Beach, Fla.) and Keron DeShields (Baltimore, Md.).”
The Tifton, Ga. native suited up for the Yellow Jackets from 2012-15, appearing in 86 games with 40 starts in three seasons. A 6-3 guard, Bolden scored 560 points and recorded 184 rebounds and 102 assists for Georgia Tech. He scored in double figures on 20 occasions during his time in Atlanta.
Competing in one of the best conferences in the country, the Atlantic Coast Conference, Bolden’s season-high of 16 points in 2014-15 came against eventual national champion Duke. As a freshman in 2012-13, the athletic scorer registered 20 points in his first career start versus Duke and went on to put up a career-high 21 points in the Yellow Jackets’ upset of No. 6 Miami. Bolden was also a teammate of current Tennessee State Assistant Coach Pierre Jordan in 2012-13.
Out of high school, Bolden ranked No. 22 among shooting guards in the 2012 class and was No. 107 overall in the Rivals Top 150. He earned All-State in class AAAAA, Georgia's highest classification, by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Named Player of the Year in region 7AAAAA, and Player of the Year in Gwinnett County by the Gwinnett Daily Post and the AJC, Bolden averaged 19.9 points and 4.5 rebounds while hitting 44.9 percent of his shots his senior year. He led North Gwinnett to an 18-9 record, the region 7AAAAA title and the quarterfinals of the state AAAAA tournament.
A member of the ACC’s All-Academic Team, Bolden will work toward his master’s degree at Tennessee State.