College Basketball

Bonnies Looking to Be a Contender in Atlantic 10

Matthew HectorContributor INovember 18, 2008

It may be early in the year, but the Saint Bonaventure Bonnies are looking the best they have since the 2003 scandal, when a junior college transfer was admitted to the school without the proper credentials to attend the university.  The team lost all of its scholarships and was put on probation.

Since 2003, the Bonnies have been the joke of the Atlantic 10 Conference, consistently finishing towards the bottom. 

Last season the Bonnies ended off the year with an 8-22 year overall and a 2-14 record in the conference.

But this year seems like it could be the year that the Saint Bonaventure basketball program can make a swing into a contending team.

The Bonnies are a young team with a lot of talent at the guard positions, especially coming from two of their transfer students. Junior guard Chris Matthews leads the team with 19.5 points a game, and junior guard Jonathon Hall is a close second with 16 points a game.

The Bonnies are also going to be looking for production from two very talented freshman.  Guard Michael Davenport and forward Andrew Nicholson. 

Nicholson has scored 15 points and has 7 rebounds in the first two games of the year, and Davenport has yet to score for the Bonnies, but he has helped out on the offensive side of the ball as he has contributed 2 assists. 

Although neither of these players have had much playing time yet, watch out for both of them later in the year as they gain more experience.  They are a force to be reckoned with.

It is still very early in the season, but right now the Saint Bonaventure Bonnies look to be a contender to get into the Atlantic 10 tournament this year, and do not be surprised if they upset a few teams on the way.

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