Bonzie Colson played in Notre Dame’s first ACC game, which took place back on Dec. 30 — scoring 22 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in a win over Georgia Tech. In a practice before the NC State game, though, Colson was injured, and would miss the next eight weeks.
Not too shabby of a return
Colson scored 12 points (on 6-of-10 FGA), grabbed nine rebounds and used his 7-foot wingspan to block three shots. According to KenPom, Colson posted an offensive rating of 124 points per 100 possession — the most of anyone that played at least 20 minutes in the game.
As usual, Colson got the job done in a variety of ways on offense. According to Synergy Sports, Colson went 1-of-2 on post-up attempts, 4-of-4 on field goal attempts after a cut and 1-of-2 on put-back attempts after an offensive rebound.
For the season, Colson is now scoring 1.22 points per possession on post-ups (66.7 FG%). That ranks third in Division I (minimum of 50 possessions).
Brooklyn: Right Around the Corner
According to BracketMatrix, Notre Dame is currently on the outside looking in terms the NCAA Tournament field. However, with Colson back — along with Matt Farrell and Rex Pflueger — could Notre Dame be poised for a run in Brooklyn?
The Irish clearly need to do some work at the Barclays Center; however, I’m not in the business of counting Brey, Colson and Farrell out of anything. Those three leaders, playing and coaching with nothing to loss, should be a scary thought for any ACC team. Let’s not forget: Notre Dame already won a tournament this season. It seems like a million years ago, but back in November, the Irish claimed the Maui Invitational title after a thrilling win over Wichita State, now the No. 17 team in KenPom’s efficiency rankings.
Bonzie Colson is back, thankfully, and that could been some March magic for Notre Dame basketball. This could be quite the show to watch the next few weeks.