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First Team Honor Earned

March 5, 2017

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the 2017 all-conference teams on Sunday, March 5. Junior forward Bonzie Colson was named to the All-ACC First Team, while seniors V.J. Beachem and Steve Vasturia, along with junior Matt Farrell, all earned Honorable Mention honors. Notre Dame is the only conference team to have four players earn 10 or more votes for all-conference honors this season.

Colson, who finished third in Player of the Year voting, led the league in rebounds all season and is the only conference player to average a double-double for the entire conference season. Colson also ranks in the ACC top 10 in field goal percentage (fourth, .523), blocked shots (sixth, 1.42 per game) and free throw percentage (ninth, .807). The New Bedford, Mass., native also is finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, presented to college basketball’s player of the year and the Karl Malone Trophy, given to the nation's top power forward. 

Colson joins Jerian Grant (2015) as All-ACC first-team selections in the four years the Irish have been apart of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Farrell finished among the ACC’s top seven in three-point field goal percentage, assists and steals and also finished third for the league’s Most Improved Player Award. Vasturia is on pace to lead the league in free-throw percentage (.911) and was named ACC Player of the Week on January 16, 2017 after helping the Irish start the ACC conference schedule with a 5-0 record with several game-clinching clutch plays.


 

 

Beachem has consistently been among the league leaders in three-point shooting his season and is third in the ACC in three-point field goals made this season (82). He also is ninth in the league for blocks-per-game in conference play (1.33). 

The honors are all the first for each player in their careers at Notre Dame and amount to the most all-league honors (first, second, third team or honorable mention) in program history. In 2002, current Irish assistant Ryan Humphrey earned first-team all-Big East honors, Chris Thomas third-team honors and David Graves was named honorable mention all-Big East.

A look at each player’s statistics this season, including ACC-only and where they rank in each statistical category on the conference charts:

Bonzie Colson 2016-17 Statistics

GP-GS

FG-FGA

FG%

3FG-3FGA

3FG%

FT-FTA

FT%

OR

DR

TR

RPG

A

BLK

STL

PTS

PPG

Overall

31-31

195-373

.523

19-48

.396

117-145

.807

91

231

322

10.4

52

44

34

526

17.0

ACC Rank

4

9

5

1

1

1

6

10

ACC

18-18

118-218

.541

11-22

.500

68-91

.747

51

138

189

10.5

26

26

17

315

17.5

ACC Rank

4

4

1

1

1

t6

8


Matt Farrell 2016-17 Statistics

GP-GS

FG-FGA

FG%

3FG-3FGA

3FG%

FT-FTA

FT%

OR

DR

TR

RPG

A

BLK

STL

PTS

PPG

Overall

31-31

148-334

.443

71-167

.425

73-88

.830

8

57

65

2.1

169

5

46

440

14.2

ACC Rank

4

t2

t7

22

ACC

18-18

88-204

.431

48-106

.453

45-59

.763

5

32

37

2.1

94

2

30

269

14.9

ACC Rank

7

5

3

t3

t20


V.J. Beachem 2016-17 Statistics

GP-GS

FG-FGA

FG%

3FG-3FGA

3FG%

FT-FTA

FT%

OR

DR

TR

RPG

A

BLK

STL

PTS

PPG

Overall

31-31

171-388

.441

82-212

.387

54-66

.818

19

102

121

3.9

24

36

28

478

15.4

ACC Rank

3

16

ACC

18-18

102-228

.447

51-129

.395

20-25

.800

13

51

64

3.6

7

24

15

275

15.3

ACC Rank

t4

9

19


Steve Vasturia 2016-17 Statistics

GP-GS

FG-FGA

FG%

3FG-3FGA

3FG%

FT-FTA

FT%

OR

DR

TR

RPG

A

BLK

STL

PTS

PPG

Overall

31-31

142-325

.437

51-143

.357

82-90

.911

19

101

120

3.9

105

3

37

417

13.5

ACC Rank

1

25

ACC

18-18

78-194

.402

26-87

.299

48-53

.906

9

68

77

4.3

64

3

21

230

12.8

ACC Rank

4

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