Bonds becomes Purple Knights' initial ECAC All-Star first team pick in 15 years

Bonds becomes Purple Knights' initial ECAC All-Star first team pick in 15 years

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball junior Matt Bonds (Accokeek, Md./North Point) added to his postseason honors on Tuesday by landing on the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II All-Star first team, becoming the first Purple Knight to do so in 15 years.

As one of 10 players to claim an ECAC honor, Bonds earned his second award for his breakout junior season, having also nabbed a Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference third team placement. Only Mike Holton Jr. '15 had been an ECAC All-Star in the last 15 seasons, doing so twice, while Todd Roberts '01 was the most recent to be placed on the first team, in 2000-01.

Bonds recorded double-digit scoring in 24 of 26 games while grabbing at least eight boards 25 times. He turned in career highs in scoring (16.2), rebounding (12.3), offensive boards (4.3), assists (44) and blocks (12) while tying his best in steals (18). Bonds, who leads Division II in offensive rebounding while placing second in rebounding and tying for second in double-doubles (19), is first in the region in rebounding and offensive rebounding while tying for the top spot in double-doubles. He is also third in the NE-10 in free throw attempts per game, 10th in free throw makes per contest and 14th in scoring. Since offensive rebounds began being tracked in 1992-93, Bonds has been the only Purple Knight with 100 in a season, with 107 last winter and 111 this year.

Bonds' 19 double-doubles are the most by a Purple Knight since complete rebounding figures became available in 1981-82. Bonds became the seventh Purple Knight with 400 points and 300 rebounds in a season, and his 27 career double-doubles tie for the most in the program since 1981-82. Bonds placed 10th in school history with 320 boards this winter, the most since Ken Johnson '76 (346) in 1975-76, and he also passed Peter Cragan '70 (769) to take over 10th in program history with 780 career caroms. Bonds enters his senior year with 959 points.

The Purple Knights ended the year 7-19 overall and 5-16 in the NE-10, going 5-7 following a 2-12 start.