Connaughton also named Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award recipient.
The Memorable Moments in Irish Men's Hoops Season--and There Were Plenty
The sun really did come up Sunday morning in Cleveland for the University of Notre Dame men's basketball team
Notre Dame makes first regional final appearance since 1979 on Saturday night in Cleveland.
Notre Dame vs. Kentucky
NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Midwest Regional-Wichita State vs Notre Dame (USATSI)
NCAA Tournament on March 19, 2015
Practice photos from the NCAA Regional in Pittsburgh, Penn.
No. 11/9 Notre Dame and No. 19 North Carolina square off in the championship game of the 2015 New York Life ACC Tournament
FRESHMAN SEASON (2014-15): A somewhat undersized frontline player who is deceiving because of his wingspan ... gives the Irish depth in the frontcourt ... an efficient player at both ends of the floor ... will be one of the squad's most effective rebounders because of his ability to get his hands on the ball ... his style of play resembles that of former Irish All-American Luke Harangody (2006-10) ... has no hesitation to play inside and hang around the basket ... has a deceptive jump shot from eight to 10 feet out ... possesses a good feel and understanding of the game ... unselfish player who looks for his teammates ... one of his greatests strengths is his passing ability ... has great basketball knowledge having grown up around the game ... his father Bonzie Sr., starred at the University of Rhode Island.
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year (2013 and 2014) ... averaged 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.8 blocked shots in his senior season while serving as captain of his St. Andrew's School Prep squad in Barrington, Rhode Island and leading team to a 26-5 record and a spot in the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class AA tournament semifinals ... recorded 23 double-doubles as a senior and 46 during his career ... a two-time first-team all-NEPSAC selection ... finished his career at St. Andrew's with 1,938 points and 1,162 rebounds ... led his teams to a 99-31 (.762) record during four-year career ... averaged 17.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots in his junior year as St. Andrew's finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 24-9 record ... his squad advanced to the NEPSAC championship game before dropping a 61-60 heartbreaker on a 45-foot bank shot at the buzzer ... prior to that season, his St. Andrew's teams earned appearances in the New England semifinals and finished with a 25-9 mark in 2010-11 and 24-8 record in 2011-12 ... received Big Slice Game Award at 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival Classic at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky, as he finished the game with 18 points and 15 rebounds ... member of Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) AAU team for six years ... won four AAU national championships with that program ... won gold medal in 2012 at prestigious Victor RHO tournament in Milan, Italy ... selected to play in the Albert Schweitzer Game in Germany in April 2014 ... member of United States East squad at 2013 Nike Global Challenge.
PERSONAL: Full name is Bonzie Alexander Colson II ... born in Washington, D.C. ... son of Bonzie and Cynthia Colson ... has a younger sister Sydni ... hails from a basketball family ... his father was a four-year starting center at the University of Rhode Island and one of the Rams' top shot-blocking leaders ... during the 1987-88 campaign, the elder Colson helped Rhode Island to a school-best 28-7 record and an appearance in the NCAA Championship Sweet 16 ... he also spent time as an assistant coach on the George Washington and Boston College coaching staffs ... participated in St. Andrew's choir and theatre programs ... performed over 100 hours of community service and earned the Headmaster's Award... enrolled in the First Year of Studies.