Notre Dame basketball: Bonzie Colson has worked to add three-point shot to offensive attack

After he averaged over 17 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior, the return of Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson for his senior season has drawn a lot of hype. The Blue Ribbon Basketball yearbook even picked Colson as its preseason Player of the Year.

Colson told Matt Freeman of Irish Sports Daily that he expects to be a more potent scorer this season because he has spent the offseason adding a new element to his game: a three-point shot.

Though Colson made over 43 percent of his three-point attempts last season, he attempted only 60 all season — less than two per game. He told Freeman that being a more consistent shooting threat will, in turn, open up more chances for him to drive and score down low.

“When I am hitting my shot, I know it’s tough for the defender to guard me,” Colson said. “I can shoot it or post up. I’m just trying to be more consistent on both sides of the floor.”

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey is also excited by what he’s seen from Colson in practices.

“With how he is shooting the three, there is another element … to have him really spread the floor,” Brey said.

The Irish averaged 77.3 points per game last season, and while its second- and fourth-leading scorers from last season, V.J. Beachem and Steve Vasturia, have graduated, Colson said the return of himself, Matt Farrell and Rex Pfluegger has the Irish believing they can make a deep postseason run this year.

“It’s really motivating for us as a team,” Colson said. “We’ve gotten close two of the four years I have been here. Making the next step is something we have within our team. We have a great coaching staff and great players ready to step into leading roles.

“Having those two assets coming together, the sky is the limit for us.”

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