Matt Bonds claims second regional award of postseason, lauded by NABC

Matt Bonds claims second regional award of postseason, lauded by NABC

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball senior Matt Bonds (Accokeek, Md./North Point) landed his second regional postseason honor in as many weeks on Monday, earning a position on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coaches' Division II All-East District second team. Bonds was one of 11 men who landed the accolade, and among five on the second team. In all, 88 student-athletes from around the nation were chosen for an NABC All-District accolade by NCAA Division II-member coaches of the NABC.

Bonds also earned selection last week to the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2 CCA) East Region All-Region second team, an award chosen by NCAA Division II sports information directors and conference office personnel. Since Todd Roberts '01 landed a pair of all-region accolades in each 1999-2000 and 2000-01, Brian Monahan '08 had been the lone Purple Knight to claim multiple regional honors in the same season, doing so in 2007-08. Bonds joins such Saint Michael's legends as Roberts, Tony Nicodemo '59, Rich Tarrant '65 and George Daway '88 in earning two all-region accolades for the same season.

Bonds was also named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference first team last month, and was the first Purple Knight to claim a regional honor of any sort since Mike Holton Jr. '15 was recognized with a Daktronics All-East Region second team laurel in 2011-12. Monahan had been the last Purple and Gold player to be lauded by the NABC. One of 16 student-athletes from mid-major Division I, Division II, Division III and the NAIA chosen for the State Farm Insurance Dark Horse Dunker competition, Bonds advanced to the quarterfinals before losing by less than two percentage points to his last head-to-head opponent. The winner of the contest receives an invitation to compete live on ESPN as part of the annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships.

Bonds led the NE10 in rebounding (12.4), offensive rebounding (4.7), double-doubles (19) and field goals made per game (8.5) while tying for third in scoring (21.7) and free throws (4.7), placing fourth in steals (1.5), eighth in shooting (55.6), 12th in minutes (34.7), 15th in blocks (0.8) and tying for 24th in assists (2.6). During NE10 play alone, Bonds (22.4) trailed the league's leading scorer by 0.3 points. Among all Division II players, Bonds is tied for second in rebounding, third in offensive rebounding, tied for third in double-doubles, and tied for 27th in scoring. He is second in the East Region in overall rebounding, offensive rebounding and double-doubles, and tied for sixth in scoring. Bonds is the only player in Division II to average at least 20.0 points without making multiple three-pointers, hitting one.

Bonds' 564 points this season place him 10th in program history, with the second-highest figure since the late '80s and the fifth-best total since the late '60s. His 21.7 points per game left him 11th, just 0.3 points outside the top 10, with the highest average since Tom Hoey '79 had 24.1 in 1978-79. With 322 rebounds, Bonds replaced himself in 10th place, having grabbed 320 last season. Bonds joins 1965 Boston Celtics draft pick Rich Tarrant '65 as the only Purple Knights to have point and rebound totals in the same season currently among the program's top 10, with Tarrant turning the feat in 1964-65. Bonds' board figure is the best at the College since Johnson in 1975-76.

Bonds is also seventh in field goals (220) and 15th in free throws (123), with the third most since the late '70s. The 19 double-doubles he collected this year tie his mark from last year for the most by a Purple Knight since figures became available in 1981-82, and Bonds' 121 offensive rebounds were the most since that category began being tracked in 1992-93. In fact, he is the only player at the College with 100 in any season in that time, reaching the barrier each of the past three seasons. Bonds' 12.4 rebounds per game this season are good for 16th in program history, edging his 17th-place average of 12.3 from his junior campaign. During his final two seasons alone, Bonds recorded 985 points and 642 rebounds, averaging 18.9 and 12.3, respectively, in those 52 games.

After notching six 20-point performances over 81 contests in his first three seasons, Bonds went for 20 points 19 times in 26 outings as a senior. While collecting 19 double-doubles, Bonds narrowly fell shy of five more by notching nine rebounds in four separate contests and missing another by a single basket.

Bonds is the second player in program history with 1,500 career points and 1,100 rebounds, joining Ken Johnson '76 in that exclusive club. Bonds finishes his career 13th at the College in scoring (1,523), second in rebounds (1,102), sixth in rebounding (10.3), 10th in field goals (596), 12th in free throws (329), 23rd in blocks (44) and tied for 26th in games (107). Among players who competed for four years, Bonds has the second-highest rebound average, and he is fifth in the history of the NE10 in career rebounds. His 46 double-doubles are the most by a Purple Knight since complete rebound totals became available in 1981-82 - Michel Bonebo '90 is next, with 27 - and Bonds' 408 offensive boards are the most since that category began being tracked in 1992-93.