WLU’s Bolon In Transfer Portal
From Staff Reports
WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty men’s basketball standout Dalton Bolon has entered the transfer portal according to @VerbalCommitsD2 on Twitter. He will be a graduate transfer.
Bolon, who was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II All-American team for two consecutive years has left an impressive mark on the Hilltoppers’ program.
Bolon finished his Hilltopper career with 2,247 career points good enough for second on West Liberty’s all-time scoring list.
He was 42 points behind Seger Bonifant to become the all-time leading scorer.
Bolon reached double figures in 103 games including all 23 this season.
He was also named to the Division II Conference Commissioners’ Association Men’s Basketball All-America Team this past season.
The reigning two-time Mountain East Conference Player of the Year paced the highest scoring team in the nation by averaging 21.3 points per contest and also grabbed 7.7 rebounds per game. He also shot 51% from the field (171 of 334) along with going 68 of 153 from behind the 3-point arc (44%).
Bolon, who also earned the Mountain East Conference Freshman of the Year in the 2017-18 season, ,joined the 2,000-point club this season when he sunk a free throw in the first half in a victory against Notre Dame.
He is one of six Hilltoppers to reach the 2,000-point milestone.
In Bolon’s four playing seasons in a Hilltopper uniform, West Liberty captured four consecutive MEC regular season titles along with an MEC Tournament title in 2020.
That Hilltoppers team was the first men’s team in MEC history to win the tournament as the No. 1 seed.
Bolon also helped West Liberty to two Atlantic Regional championship appearances. In 2019, the Hilltoppers fell to Mercyhurst.
However, West Liberty earned some redemption in 2021 as it defeated Hillsdale, 78-61 to earn a spot in the Elite Eight for the first time since the 2015-16 season.
Bolon led all scorers against the Chargers with 22 points where he moved into the No. 2 spot on West Liberty’s all-time scoring list.
A threat anywhere on the court, Bolon drilled 351 career 3-pointers. He is second all-time in career 3’s for the Hilltoppers.
During his sophomore campaign, he drilled nine 3-pointers against West Virginia State en route to 39 points, both career highs. During that game, he became the 50th Hilltopper to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
In his final game in a West Liberty uniform, Bolon supplied 15 points for the Hilltoppers in a losing effort against eventual Division II national champion Northwest Missouri State in an Elite Eight quarterfinal matchup in Evansville, Ind.