North Point grad­u­ate Bonds signs first pro hoops con­tract

North Point grad­u­ate Bonds signs first pro hoops con­tract with team in Den­mark

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Bas­ket­ball has taken Matt Bonds from North Point High School to Saint Michael’s Col­lege in Ver­mont and now all the way to Hor­sholm, Den­mark.

The 2013 North Point grad­u­ate, who re­cently fin­ished up a stel­lar four-year ca­reer at Saint Michael’s, an NCAA Divi­sion II out­fit, signed his first pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball con­tract on Satur­day in Europe to play for the Hor­sholm 79ers, the top tier-league team in Den­mark.

Bonds men­tioned that for­mer Saint Michael’s team­mates Mike Holton Jr. and James Cam­bronne also signed pro con­tracts when he was a sopho­more and that is what drove him to what to even­tu­ally play at that level.

“Once I got to col­lege and saw my team­mates hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to play pro­fes­sion­ally that is what made me what to do the same thing,” said Bonds, who grad­u­ated in May with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in psy­chol­ogy. “I’ve never been to an­other coun­try let alone Den­mark, so this will be a new ex­pe­ri­ence for me. I’ve been home for five weeks now and I’m look­ing

for­ward to this op­por­tu­nity.”

Bonds spoke with Hor­sholm head coach Rafa Mon­colva last week through a Facetime video chat dis­cussing what the team ex­pec­ta­tions are and what Den­mark has to of­fer.

“He [Mon­clova] just talked about his past and how he’s in the third year with the team,” Bonds said. “He gave me some in­for­ma­tion about Den­mark and the out­look and plan of

the team for next year. We also talked about where he sees me fit­ting in and if I had ques­tions about the pro­gram and Den­mark.”

Bonds added: “I chose Den­mark mainly be­cause I couldn’t pass up the op­por­tu­nity you never when an­other con­tract of­fer will come. This gives me the chance to play in the top league in Europe and it is just a dream come true. Den­mark is a coun­try that speaks English for the most part. Even though the na­tive lan­guage is Dan­ish, the coach said it won’t be a

prob­lem at all over there.”

This past sea­son, Hor­sholm fin­ished third in the Li­gaen standings, the top league in Den­mark. The 79ers got elim­i­nated in first round af­ter los­ing 3-2 in the best-of-five play­off se­ries.

In his first two sea­sons at Saint Michael’s, Bonds was a role player off the bench, but he turned into one of the most dom­i­nant big men in the na­tion his ju­nior and se­nior sea­sons. He fin­ished as the one of the most dec­o­rated play­ers in school his­tory, scor­ing 1,523 points and grab­bing 1,102 re­bounds

in his ca­reer.

The 6-foot-5 Bonds was also a dou­ble-dou­ble ma­chine for most of his ca­reer, av­er­ag­ing al­most 22 points per game and 12.3 re­bounds a game in his se­nior sea­son. He was third in the na­tion in Divi­sion II in re­bound­ing and was third in dou­ble-dou­bles with 19 on the sea­son.

“It is just a tes­ta­ment to all the hard work through high school and col­lege,” said Bonds, who won a state bas­ket­ball ti­tle un­der North Point head coach Jimmy Ball as a sopho­more re­serve. “It is all about trust­ing

the process and it is a bless­ing to be suc­cess­ful.”

Bonds noted that with the 79ers he will pri­mar­ily play in­side but will be a stretch the floor at the for­ward and the for­ward po­si­tion.

“The team looked at my phys­i­cal­ity and my de­meanor on the floor,” Bonds said. “I’ve just been work­ing out and keep­ing my game sharp and body ready for the sea­son.”

Bonds said that he will re­port for train­ing camp in Den­mark on Aug. 15.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Matt Bonds, a 2013 North Point High School grad­u­ate who re­cently fin­ished up a stel­lar four-year at Saint Michael’s Col­lege (Vt.), signed his first pro­fes­sional con­tract to play bas­ket­ball for the Hor­sholm 79ers in Den­mark.

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