Banzai! It didn’t take long for the Milwaukee Bucks to fill the open two-way slot created by jettisoning Jaylen Morris from his contract during yesterday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks. Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting they’re signing Bonzie Colson to a two-way deal before the deadline to sign two-way players hits on Tuesday.
The Milwaukee Bucks are signing forward Bonzie Colson to a two-way contract, league sources tell ESPN. He was playing with Canton Charge of G League. He missed pre-draft and summer after broken foot ended Notre Dame career.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 14, 2019
The former Notre Dame Fighting Irishman suffered a broken foot during his senior season, after entering the year as a Preseason All-American. Prior to that, he was averaging 19.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.2 blocks per game. While his shooting numbers in college left something to be desired, he hit 35% from deep, he attempted just 137 tries from three over his four year career. However, his 77% from the free throw line illustrates he may have a bit more shooting touch.
That’s borne out some during his 23 games with the Canton Charge in the G-League this season, where he shot 38.5% from deep on 4.5 attempts per game. His blocking ability continued too, averaging 1.7 per game despite his 6’6” height. With a 7’ wingspan though, he’s able to use those lengthy arms to swat shots away effectively. Here’s a promising take from the folks who would know best though:
The Milwaukee Bucks just announced that they’ve signed Bonzie Colson to a two-way. Think he can be a pretty good pickup as he’s a strong 6’6 wing that can play help D, knockdown perimeter jumpers, work in the low-post and is a good passer.
— Ridiculous Upside (@RidicUpside) January 14, 2019
As we’ve all seen with these two-way contracts thus far, the Bucks parade of signees haven’t exactly turned into gangbusters in the Big League. Still, Colson has some pedigree, seems to stack the box score and can stroke it a bit. That’s enough to make me bite. We should also note that because he was signed halfway through the season, his number of available days to spend with the Bucks is prorated to 22-23 rather than the 45 that a two-way who starts the season receives. Here’s a highlight tape, because we all need a little more two-way hype in our life: