Monday, October 7, 2013
Bonzie Colson Jr. commits to Notre Dame
By Adam Finkelstein
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey added the second piece to his 2014 recruiting class on Monday morning when four-star recruit Bonzie Colson (Fall River, Mass./St. Andrew’s) announced his commitment at his high school.
Why he committed: Colson was recruited and received offers from a wide range of high-major suitors after turning in an especially impressive season on the EYBL circuit. As an undersized combo forward, finding the right fit was especially important to his success at the next level. With Notre Dame, he believes he has found that.
Combo forward Bonzie Colson Jr. committed to Notre Dame.
“It was just the right fit for me on and off the court,” Colson said. “They have a history of having had great undersized four-men and they know how to use them throughout the game.”
What he brings: What Colson might lack in overall size or athleticism he makes up for with long arms, incredibly soft hands, a high basketball acumen and one of the most efficient floor games around. He is effective both inside and out and is especially good when able to operate along the baseline or from the mid-post. He’s a bit of a throwback in that he has a methodical style and makes use of every advantage he has, ranging from his long arms to his soft hands to his angle to the backboard, and he finds ways to put points on the board as a result.
How the class is shaping up: Rebuilding the frontcourt was Notre Dame’s top priority heading into this class, and Colson becomes their second piece in that puzzle, joining Martin Geben (Hagerstown, Md./St. Maria Goretti). While the Fighting Irish ideally would like to add one more piece up front, they’ve got their bases covered with a traditional big man such as Geben, who can play both the four and five, and more of a combo forward such as Colson, who will be able to offer minutes at either forward position.
How he fits: Colson's versatility is very important, not just from a positional standpoint, but also because he can operate from different spots on the floor and be equally impactful. He'll likely have no problem creating value for himself within virtually any type of lineup. He also fits the Notre Dame prototype as someone who will be a four-year college player, and he has the type of veteran intelligence and savvy that Notre Dame often relies upon to be successful.
Who he reminds us of: He strikes comparisons to former Boston College player Jared Dudley in that he’s a combo forward who might not necessarily stand out with his size or athleticism, but he still ends up being one of the most productive guys inside the 3-point line. Like Dudley, Colson is also working to extend his game away from the paint and making gradual strides in that process. Ironically, Colson grew up watching Dudley play while his father, Bonzie Colson Sr., was a member of the coaching staff at Boston College.