North Point grad­u­ate Bonds named to all-con­fer­ence team

Maryland Independent - - Sports - Saint Michael’s Col­lege (Vt.)

Saint Michael’s Col­lege (Vt.) men’s bas­ket­ball se­nior Matt Bonds, a North Point High School grad­u­ate from Ac- co­keek, earned his sec­ond ca­reer North­east-10 Con­fer­ence All-Con­fer- ence se­lec­tion, the league an­nounced Feb. 23, land­ing on the six-player first team.

Af­ter claim­ing a spot on the third team as a ju­nior, Bonds was among 21 stu­dent-ath­letes from around the league this win­ter to nab an all-con­fer- ence lau­rel.

Bonds be­comes the sev­enth Pur­ple Knight to ever land on an North­east-10 All-Con­fer­ence first team, and the first since Mike Holton Jr. in 2011-12. Ge­orge Daway, Mark Mul­vey, Ge­off Card, Todd Roberts and Bren­dan Mul- lins are the oth­ers.

Bonds is the 11th player to earn mul- tiple North­east-10 All-Con­fer­ence ac- co­lades since the pro­gram be­gan com- pet­ing in the league in 1986-87. The Pur­ple Knights have now been lauded as all-league six times in the last four years.

As of Feb. 23, Bonds leads the North­east-10 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), fourth in steals (1.5) and free throws (4.7), sev­enth in shoot­ing (55.6), 12th in min­utes (34.7), 15th in blocks (0.8) and ty­ing for 24th in as­sists (2.6).

Dur­ing North­east-10 play alone, as of Feb. 23, Bonds (22.4) trailed the league’s lead­ing scorer by 0.3 points.

Among all Divi­sion II play­ers as of Feb. 23, Bonds is sec­ond in dou­ble-dou­bles, fourth in both re­bound­ing and of­fen­sive re­bound­ing, and tied for 27th in scor­ing.

He is sec­ond in the East Re­gion, as of Feb. 23, in over­all re­bound­ing, of­fen- sive re­bound­ing and dou­ble-dou­bles and tied for fifth in scor­ing. Bonds is the only player in Divi­sion II, as of Feb. 23, 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 1980s and the fifth-best to­tal since the late 1960s.

His 21.7 points per game left him 11th, just 0.3 points out­side the top 10, with the high­est av­er­age since Tom Hoey 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 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 1970s.

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.

Bonds 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 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 North­east-10 in ca­reer re­bounds as of Feb. 23.

His 46 dou­ble-dou­bles are the most by a Pur­ple Knight since com­plete re­bound to­tals be­came avail­able in 1981-82 — Michel Bonebo is next with 27 — and Bonds’ 408 of­fen­sive boards are the most since that cat­e­gory be­gan be­ing tracked in 1992-93.

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