Alabama basketball adds graduate transfer

West Virginia graduate transfer point guard James “Beetle” Bolden announces he's joining the Crimson Tide

A-Day is usually known as a big recruiting day in football, but the Crimson Tide basketball landed a player as well this year.

James “Beetle” Bolden, a West Virginia graduate transfer, announced on social media Sunday morning that he’s transferring to Alabama.

“Beyond blessed and just want to thank everyone who took the the time to recruit and get to know me,” Bolden said in an Instagram post, “and after talking with my family I’m going to further my education and athletic career at the University of Alabama. Can I get a ROLL TIDE.”

The 6-foot point guard averaged 12.2 points in 18 games as a redshirt junior while dealing with hand and ankle injuries. He's played in 82 career games, and it a 40-percent shooter from 3-point range.

One of his best games last season was against Buffalo, and new Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats, when he tallied 21 points, four assists and two steals. West Virginia still lost at home 99-94.

As a recruit out of Covington, Ky., Bolden was rated the No. 46 point guard and the No. 240 overall player in the 2015 class per the 247Sports composite rankings.

He'll be the fifth addition to the Crimson Tide, along with signees Juwan Gary, Jaden Shackelford and Jaylen Forbes, plus commitment Raymond Hawkins.

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