St. Bonaventure Bonnies Basketball Season Preview

 St. Bonaventure Bonnies

How they did last season?

2016-17 Record: 20-12, 11-7
2016-17 Postseason: None
Coach: Mark Schmidt
After two straight 20 win seasons, St. Bonaventure is ready to take the next step and get to the NCAA Tournament. Coach Mark Schmidt has been with the Bonnies since 2007, but there has only been one NCAA Tournament appearance back in 2012. With Jaylen Adams leading the way, this team has the potential to win the A-10. Adams averaged 20.6 points, 6.5 assists and 2.1 steals as a junior and is poised for a huge senior season. The 6-2 guard is a great scorer from everywhere on the floor and makes the rest of this team better. He has had a superb career with the Bonnies and you can be sure that he will want to end his collegiate career in the NCAA Tournament.

Key Losses

The Bonnies only lost one starter from a season ago: Denzel Gregg. The 6-7 forward is a big loss though. He averaged 12.0 points and a team high 7.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Not only was he a great rebounder and defender, but the Bonnies could struggle to find another consistent interior scorer who will open up space for the shooters on the perimeter.

Two other members of the 2016-17 team are no longer enrolled at St. Bonaventure: David Andoh, a 6-7 forward who could score in the paint. Despite averaging just 19.0 minutes per game, Andoh was fourth on the team with 7.6 points per game. Tareq Coburn was the other player, who opted to transfer to Hofstra after seeing very few minutes as a freshman.

Key Additions

The new additions to the team will need to help immediately in the frontcourt after losing Gregg and Andoh. Tshiefu Ngalakulondi is the top incoming freshman on the team. He is an athletic 6-6 forward who can finish above the rim and help out on the glass. Courtney Stockard, hopefully, will finally make his St. Bonaventure debut. The 6-6 wing spent two years sitting on the sidelines after a foot injury. Prior to that he spent two years at the junior college level and can be a very prolific scorer. At 6-10 and 225 pounds, fellow junior college transfer Ndene Gueye is the tallest of the newcomers. He may not be a major scoring threat, but Gueye can hit the glass and block some shots.

 St. Bonaventure Bonnies

What to know heading into the season

Just like the Michigan State Spartans, the Bonnies rely on one man to carry them to the promise land. For St. Bonaventure it’s Jaylen Adams. Luckily though, Adams has some help–specifically fellow backcourt mate Matt Mobley. The 6-3 senior averaged 18.5 points per game last year and connected on 37.9 percent of his team high 227 three-point attempts. Mobley also added 5.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals. Mobley can do it all and teamed up with Adams, St. Bonaventure has a dynamic backcourt that can lead this team to the NCAA Tournament. If they can get production from their bigs, the Bonnies can win the A-10 and make some noise come March.

Starting Lineup

Jaylen Adams, Senior, Guard, 20.6 points per game
Matt Mobley, Senior, Guard, 18.5 points per game
Idris Taqqee, Senior, Guard, 6.8 points per game
Josh Ayeni, Sophomore, Forward, 6.7 points per game
Amadi Ikpeze, Sophomore, Center, 2.3 points per game

Prediction

After barely missing out on the NCAA Tournament the previous two seasons, Mark Schmidt has his most talented team since he became the Bonnies head coach in 2007. Jaylen Adams can win A-10 Player of the Year honors, and will show off his skill set on a nightly basis. This season can be special and I predict it will be one that doesn’t come around this campus often.

Prediction: Sweet Sixteen Appearance

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