Bonzie Colson – Notre Dame
CPP Big Board Ranking: #78 Overall (#17 PF)
Weight: 220 lbs
Age/Birthday: 22 (1/12/96)
Hometown: New Bedford, MA
High School: St. Andrew’s School
(Grant Kobrin – 4/16/18)
Bonzie Colson had a tremendous four year run for Notre Dame. He averaged a double-double his last two years and proved to be the “heart-and-soul” of the Fighting Irish. Bonzie Colson unfortunately missed the majority of his senior year due to a surgery that helped repair a broken foot. Bonzie Colson came back at the very end of the season, but it was too late for Notre Dame, who struggled immensely without him. Bonzie Colson’s Notre Dame team was a top 25 team at the beginning of the year with him on the court, and they ended up missing the NCAA tournament. Notre Dame lost so many games with Bonzie Colson sidelined due to injury, which featured seven straight losses in ACC conference play. Despite this, Bonzie Colson is still projected to be a mid to late second round draft pick. Bonzie Colson had a remarkable career at Notre Dame, and it will be interesting to see how his game translates to the NBA level.
Bonzie Colson’s most translatable skill to the NBA game is his rebounding. Colson is an outstanding rebounder, because of his tenacity underneath the rim, where he is often seen grabbing rebounds over taller players who are in better position than he is. Bonzie Colson averaged double-digit rebounding numbers his final two seasons at Notre Dame, proving to be one of the best rebounders in the country. Colson excels rebounding the ball on the defensive end of the court where he is able to create transition opportunities for his team. More importantly though, Colson is a solid offensive rebounder and is great at making second chance opportunities for not only himself, but for his team as a whole. Besides rebounding, Colson is a solid defensive player all around, but is a very good shot blocker considering his size. Despite playing only a handful of games during his senior year, Colson average well over 2 blocks a game, which is extremely impressive to say the least.
Offensively, Bonzie Colson can score in a variety of ways. He is an explosive scoring on the move and in the paint, and has a good all around post game. He has a developing mid-range game, and even has range that extends out to the three-point line. Also, Colson is a fairly good playmaker, and has learned how to pass the ball out of a double team. Lastly, Colson may be undersized, but he is strong, athletic, and has very long arms. This has given him an edge against college opponents, and may give him a fighting chance to compete in the NBA. Bonzie Colson had an exceptional college career and has a very fundamentally sound game, which should allow him to make some kind of an impact in the NBA.
Bonzie Colson is really undersized for a power forward. At only 6’5”, he is going to have a really hard time competing against NBA sized power forwards. There are a number of extremely successful undersized NBA big men in the history of the game, but it is still a bit of an uphill battle. Bonzie Colson seems like a bit of a positionless player because his body resembles a perimeter player, but his skill set resembles an inside player. Although Bonzie Colson put up impressive numbers after coming back from his injury. It is still a bit unclear if foot injuries are going to be an issue for him in the future. In terms of Colson’s overall game, he plays a bit out of control on the offensive end, and may become turnover bound at the next level. Additionally, his shot selection is definitely questionable at times, and he needs to show that he is more of a consistent shooter. To Bonzie Colson’s credit, he did shoot a very high percentage from the field, where he shot over 50% during each of his four years. On the other hand, his three point shot is fairly developed for a college big man, but his percentages varied tremendously and were extremely inconsistent from season to season. Colson is going to need to tighten up his ball handling in order to successfully be able to attack the basket on the offensive end. Going back to Bonzie’s size, he may have difficulties scoring over bigger defenders at the next level, as well as guarding these bigger players. Additionally, he is going to have to be craftier with the way that he plays offensive, because below the rim players often struggle at the next level. Overall, Bonzie Colson’s two biggest concerns are his size and his most recent injury, but he definitely has the potential to be a productive player at the NBA level.
Player Outlook & NBA Comparison: P.J. Tucker
Bonzie Colson is a difficult player to find an NBA comparison for because his game really is so unique. The closest comparison out there is P.J. Tucker. Both players are undersized, high-energy players, great rebounders, and are a bit position-less on the basketball court. P.J. Tucker is a more consistent shooter and is a bit more versatile than Bonzie Colson is, but they are still very similar players. P.J. Tucker has been a solid role player in the league, and has proved his value to be greater than his second round draft pick. We can only hope that Bonzie Colson will be as productive as P.J. Tucker has been in the NBA so far.
Bonzie Colson had a phenomenal career at Notre Dame, despite having his senior year cut short. Expect him to be a mid to late second round pick, where he could possibly be picked as high as 45. In the off chance, that he goes undrafted, he will have the chance to compete in the summer league and hopefully land himself on an NBA team for training camp. Bonzie Colson’s game is tailored to become a solid bench player, who can be more of a role player on the second unit of an NBA team. It will be very interesting to see if this occurs, and how Bonzie Colson can transform his game to the NBA level.
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