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2 Richmond-area basketball players could hit the court for Gonzaga next season | Richmond Free Press

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Richmond is about 2,500 miles from Spokane, Wash., but two former players from the area may be preparing for Gonzaga University basketball next season.

Efton J. Reid, a former standout of the Steward School at Western Henrico, announced he was transferring to Gonzaga from Louisiana State University. He will have three seasons of eligibility at the Jesuit school in Spokane.

There’s a chance the 7-foot Reid will join Petersburg native Rasir Bolton on the Zags’ 2022-23 roster. Bolton declared for the NBA draft but has until June 1 to make a final decision. Bolton’s name does not appear on any of the NBA Mock Drafts.

Last season, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 11.2 points for the Zags 28-4, while making 46% of his 3-point attempts. In four college seasons, Bolton has 1,495 points and 183 3-pointers.

Bolton, 22, played locally at Millwood School in Midlothian and stopped at Penn State and Iowa State before landing last season at the Gonzaga juggernaut.

Reid, 20, averaged 6.3 points and 4.5 rebounds for LSU last season while starting 34 games as a rookie. He placed his name on the transfer portal after Tigers coach Will Wade was fired due to a “Notice of Allegations” by the NCAA.

Gonzaga reached the NCAA Finals in 2017 and 2021 and has been in 12 Sweet Sixteens since 1999. Coach Mark Few’s team was ranked No. 1 nationally for much of last season.