NOTRE DAME — Notre Dame men’s basketball star forward Bonzie Colson will return for his final season with the Fighting Irish in 2017-18, the university announced Monday.
“After a lot of discussion with my family and Coach (Mike) Brey about possibly entering the NBA Draft this season, I have decided to pursue my dream of earning a degree from the University of Notre Dame and return for my final year of eligibility,” Colson said.
“I promised myself and my family when I committed to Notre Dame that I would earn a degree from the university and help lead the program to new heights. Returning to play another season with my brothers and the possibility of hanging more banners in Purcell Pavilion and establishing ourselves as one of the best teams in program history is an opportunity of a lifetime.”
“It is exciting to know that Bonzie will be back for his final season,” Brey said. "He has an opportunity to finish his career as one of the best to take the court here and I am impressed with the way he has handled this decision.”
Colson led the Irish in scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounds (10.1 rpg) as a junior in 2016-17 while earning first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors.
He received many other awards as well, including being chosen second-team All-American by Basketball Times.
The Irish went 26-10 overall, 12-6 in the ACC. They fell 83-71 to West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament's round of 32 after reaching the Elite Eight each of the previous two seasons.