The Notre Dame men's basketball program took a major step toward solidifying its future today with the addition of Bonzie Colson.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound power forward from Rhode Island gave the Irish his verbal commitment on Monday morning at St. Andrew's School in Barrington, R.I.
Colson gives the Irish a pair of frontcourt pledges in the Class of 2014 as he joins Maryland forward Martin Geben, who gave Notre Dame his verbal commitment last month.
Colson took an official visit to Notre Dame the last weekend of September and shortly after, he announced he'd narrowed his list to the Irish and Florida State. He also had offers from UConn, Pittsburgh, Miami, Temple, Minnesota and Rhode Island among others.
But Notre Dame was the first high-major program to extend an offer and recruited him as hard as anybody.
Colson isn’t the ideal height for a power forward, but he's productive.
“He does a lot of different things well,” Colson's high school coach Michael Hart told Irish Sports Daily. “He’s kind of got an unconventional game because he’s an under-height power forward with a small forward twist. He handles the ball pretty well and he’s got a 7-foot wingspan and he’s able to score in a lot of different ways.
“He just scores. That’s his big thing, he just scores. He finds a way. I don’t know how it happens, but you look up and the ball’s in the basket.”
Colson averaged 16.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.2 assists a game as a junior en route to being named Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year.
Notre Dame has three available scholarships to give in the Class of 2014 with Colson and Geben now holding two of them. The Irish will continue to recruit five-star Virginia swingman Devin Robinson, but they could also save the remaining scholarship for a potential transfer.