The future of Penn State basketball might be decided in 2017-18 but the Nittany Lions got their 2018-19 recruiting class down on paper Wednesday morning.
The two guards, Rasir Bolton and Myles Dread, have signed their national letters of intent to enroll at Penn State.
“We are elated to welcome Myles and Rasir to the Penn State family,” said coach Patrick Chambers. “Our staff's primary focus was on recruiting individuals who align with our vision for the Penn State basketball program. In both Myles and Rasir we believe we have found two young men who have distinguished themselves with their academic and athletic accomplishments and we are thrilled about the future.”
Dread comes in at 6-foot-4 from Burtonsville, Maryland, playing for Gonzaga College High School en route to the Washington Post’s number-one ranking in 2016-17.
As a junior, Dread averaged 10.4 points and 4.9 assists per game as Gonzaga posted a 32-5 record. He joined future teammates Lamar Stevens, Nazeer Bostick and Tony Carr on the 2015 DC Classic All-Tournament team and was a repeat selection when Gonzaga claimed the championship in 2016.
“Myles has been a part of winning programs in his high school (Gonzaga) and AAU programs (Team Takeover) and we feel he will fit really well in our system,” said Chambers. “He is a fierce competitor who is extremely skilled, which will allow him to play multiple positions. In addition to those characteristics, he has a great shooting stroke and high basketball I.Q. We became close to his family during the recruiting process and we are excited Myles and his family are now part of our Penn State family.”
As a member of the Team Loaded Virginia team that won the 2017 adidas Uprising championship, Bolton averaged 11.6 points during the eight-game tournament with two 20-point games. Bolton, from Chesterfield, Va., is rated as the top point guard in Virginia and as one of the top point guards on the East Coast.
An all-state and all-conference pick following his sophomore year where he had multiple 30-plus scoring games, Bolton has already eclipsed the 1,000-point scoring mark. The son of Ray and Chalonda, he plays for Massanuttan Military Academy.
“Rasir is an explosive point guard and an elite student who will bring energy and passion to the court and classroom,” Chambers said. “His AAU program (Team Loaded) and high school (Massanuttan Military) have given Rasir the opportunity to compete on some of the biggest national stages. He plays with toughness, can shoot the ball, and has great floor vision that allows him to make plays off ball screens. We are excited that he and his family are officially Nittany Lions.”