Amidst the chaos of hundreds of players either declaring for the NBA or announcing they would be transferring, Bonzie decided to stay grounded and return to ND for his senior season. But will it be enough to keep Notre Dame a threat in the ACC and all of college basketball?
At 6’5 and playing forward you can say that Bonzie is extremely undersized for the D1 level. However, that same 6’5 forward averaged a double-double at 17.8 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game. Without a doubt his best year statistically to this point. And in the NCAA tournament where it seemed as though every Notre Dame player was struggling, Colson remained the only constant scoring 18 points against Princeton and an amazing 27 points in the second round against a stifling West Virginia defense. There is no doubt that Bonzie played a HUGE role in Notre Dame’s success but other people were also a big part of Notre Dame’s success, who have now left the program.
With Steve Vasturia graduating and Matt Ryan wanting to transfer, Notre Dame potentially lost a huge contributor in Matt Ryan and 13.3 points per game starter in Vasturia. That could play a big role in Notre Dame’s success for this upcoming season. However, it’s not all negative.
Notre Dame will return Matt Farrell who averaged 14.1 points per game with 5.4 assists, a very young and talented guard in T.J Gibbs who only averaged 4.7 points per game but showed flashes of how good he can be for the Irish. Not to mention the potentiality of getting UCONN transfer Juwan Durham who visited Notre Dame, and they get an ESPN top 60 guard with Prentiss Hubb committing to Notre Dame over Villanova and Virginia.
So to answer the question, “Will Bonzie Colson’s return be enough to keep Notre Dame competitive in the ACC?” Yes, Yes it is. Add the other talented players to the mix with Bonzie and not to mention a top college basketball head coach in Mike Brey, this team will be good….. again.