MORGANTOWN, W.Va.-Beetle Bolden might not be the biggest player on the court but he is one of the toughest and grittiest players out there.
The 6-foot, 170-pound sophomore has tremendously improved his game from his freshman campaign. Game in and game out, Bolden grinds it out on the court.
He hasn’t been afraid to use his body as leverage and constantly draws charges from the opposition.
“That’s what I do,” Bolden said. “I’ve accepted that role.”
While Bolden can be an offensive asset, especially from beyond the arc, he struggled on the defensive end last season. However, the Covington, KY native has stepped up his game there.
“I’m an all-around game,” he said. “I feel like my defense is way better than what it was last year. I’m drawing a lot of charges.”
During the first half of West Virginia’s 86-51 win over Texas on Saturday, it was Bolden who sparked the Mountaineers’ offense. He came in and hit two 3s and drew three charges in the first half.
Late in the half, the guard suffered a groin injury and limped off to the locker room.
It appeared as if he wasn’t going to return.
But to no one’s surprise the feisty Bolden was seen riding an exercise bike at the start of the second half and soon after made his way back into the game.
“I told myself I wasn’t going to quit on my team,” he said. “That’s the kind of guy I am. I don’t quit on nobody.”
Bolden pulled his groin muscle last week and tweaked it against the Longhorns when he collided with guard Kerwin Roach.
The Holmes High School alum finished the day with 19 points, one assist and one rebound. He drained 5-of-6 from 3-point range.
“Well, I knew if there was anyway he could play he would,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “He’s a tough little guy.”
Bolden and the Mountaineers looked in sync offensively for the first time in two games.
“He played his butt off,” senior guard Daxter Miles Jr. said. “We played good. We just jived tonight.”
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS