Bonzie Colson

Bonzie Alexander Colson II (born January 12, 1996) is an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the University of Notre Dame.

Bonzie Colson
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Free agent
PositionSmall forward / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1996-01-12) January 12, 1996 (age 24)
Washington, D.C.
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Andrew's School
(Barrington, Rhode Island)
CollegeNotre Dame (2014–2018)
NBA draft2018 / Undrafted
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–2019Canton Charge
2019Milwaukee Bucks
2019Wisconsin Herd
2019–2020Darüşşafaka Tekfen
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Early developmentEdit

Colson, the son of a former Rhode Island player who went into college coaching, played high school basketball in that state at St. Andrew's School in Barrington, as well as AAU basketball with Boston Area Basketball Club. He developed as a pure post player, but was abnormally short for the position—during a basketball camp in summer 2013, he measured at 6'4.5" (1.93 m) in shoes. Despite his physical stature, advanced statistics showed him to be unusually effective in the frontcourt; in July 2013, Colson had the top player efficiency rating (PER) among frontcourt players in Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League.[1]

While Colson was largely ignored by major programs as a frontcourt prospect, Notre Dame assistant Martin Ingelsby, who went on to become head coach at Delaware, had a very different view, based on Colson's production in both high school and AAU play, as well as a disproportionate wingspan of 6'11.5" (2.12 m). When Colson visited Notre Dame in September 2013, the coaching staff made Nike's PER study a major part of its pitch, convincing him that the Fighting Irish program, devoted to offensive efficiency, would be the best fit for a player of his type. He would commit to Notre Dame that October.[1]

College careerEdit

In Colson's freshman season at Notre Dame, he came off the bench for 31 of his 32 appearances. He recorded a 17-point performance in a win over Duke in the semi-final game of the ACC Tournament. At the end of the season, he was named Notre Dame Newcomer of the Year. Colson appeared in 36 games in his sophomore season, starting in 24. He recorded the first 30-point game of his career on January 16, 2016 leading Notre Dame to its first victory over Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. In his junior season, Colson became Notre Dame's leading scorer, led the ACC in rebounding,[2] and was named to the All-ACC first team.[3] He was also the first player shorter than 6'7" to lead the ACC in rebounding since 1958.[2]

Prior to the 2017–18 season, Colson was named the preseason ACC Player of the Year and a first-team preseason All-American by the Associated Press.[4] After missing 15 games during the regular season with a broken foot, Colson broke his left foot again in Notre Dame's NIT tournament game against Penn State.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Canton Charge (2018–2019)Edit

On September 18, 2018, Colson signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[6] On October 13, he was waived by the Cavaliers,[7] but was added to the roster of the Cavs’ NBA G League affiliate, the Canton Charge.[8] In his first G League game, a 101–89 loss to the Wisconsin Herd, Colson led the team with 23 points and 15 rebounds, shooting 10-of-18 from the floor.[9]

Milwaukee Bucks/Wisconsin Herd (2019)Edit

On January 15, 2019, Colson was signed to a two-way contract by the Milwaukee Bucks. Under the terms of the deal, he will split time with the Bucks’ G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd.[10] Colson made his NBA debut on February 25, 2019 against the Chicago Bulls, playing three minutes in the Bucks 117–106 win.[11]

On March 31, Colson started his first NBA game against the Atlanta Hawks and in that game, he managed to score 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in 41 minutes of playing time.[12]

On July 21, 2019, Colson was waived by the Bucks.[13]

Darüşşafaka (2019–2020)Edit

On July 30, 2019, Colson signed with Darüşşafaka.[14] Colson and the team mutually parted ways on April 24, 2020. Colson averaged 12.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in the Turkish League and 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in EuroCup play.[15]

Playing styleEdit

In a 2016 story, Sports Illustrated writer Luke Winn called Colson "one of college basketball’s greatest anomalies." While Colson was not much larger than in high school—by then, he claimed to be 6'5" (1.96 m) tall with a 7' (2.13 m) wingspan—Notre Dame was frequently playing him as a center alongside four guards, three of them taller than Colson. As early as his high school and AAU days, according to Winn, "he knew how to work angles to get off all kinds of funky shots" and "played with a chip on his shoulder due to being ignored by many big-time schools". In his final two seasons at Notre Dame, Colson began to include three-pointers in his skill set, enabling him to also play as a stretch four in some Notre Dame lineups. He began this process in summer 2016, when he spent five days in California with NBA player Jared Dudley, whom Colson had known as a young boy while his father was coaching Dudley at Boston College.[1]

Career statisticsEdit

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

2018–19 Milwaukee 8 2 12.3 .333 .238 .889 3.8 .4 .6 .1 4.9
Career 8 2 12.3 .333 .238 .889 3.8 .4 .6 .1 4.9


  1. ^ a b c Winn, Luke (November 30, 2016). "Undersized and underrated, Bonzie Colson has become Notre Dame's star". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Bilas, Jay (December 5, 2017). "Bilas Index: A full look at the best 68 teams in college hoops". Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "ACC ANNOUNCES ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM, POSTSEASON AWARDS". Archived from the original on 2017-03-06. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Michigan State's Bridges tops AP preseason All-America team". November 6, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  5. ^ Axson, Scooby. "Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson injures foot again". Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Cavaliers' Bonzie Colson: Signs contract with Cavs". September 18, 2018. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Cavaliers Waive Bonzie Colson, Kobi Simmons and Emanuel Terry". October 13, 2018. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Canton Charge 2018-19 Training Camp Roster". October 20, 2018. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  9. ^ "Charge can't connect in season-opening loss at Wisconsin". Canton Repository. November 3, 2018. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "Bucks Signed Bonzie Colson To Two-Way Contract". January 15, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  11. ^ Feldmann, Riley (February 25, 2019). "Rapid Recap: Bucks Rock Fiserv Forum South, Win 117-106". SB Nation. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  12. ^ "Bucks' Bonzie Colson: Huge double-double out of nowhere". March 31, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  13. ^ "Bonzie Colson: Waived by Milwaukee". CBS Sports. July 21, 2019. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  14. ^ "Darussafaka inks forward Colson". July 30, 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  15. ^ "Darussafaka part ways with Bonzie Colson". April 24, 2020. Retrieved June 26, 2020.

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