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THE WINNER: Bonzie Colson
School: St. Andrew’s School (Barrington, R.I.)
Weight: 225 pounds
Athletic achievement: He averaged 16.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 1.2 assists per game this past season, leading the Saints (24-9) to the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class AA tournament championship game. A First Team All-NEPSAC Class AA selection, Colson averaged 14.7 points and 15.0 rebounds per game in the NEPSAC Class AA tournament as the eighth-seeded Saints reached the final, where they lost to Cushing Academy (Ashburnham, Mass.) by one point on a 40-foot buzzer-beater.
Academic excellence: Colson has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: A member of the St. Andrew’s School chorus, he has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach and referee.
“Selfless, efficient, composed, simple — that describes Bonzie Colson,” said Jesse Bopp, head coach of Vermont Academy (Saxtons River, R.I.). “He is at the core of their success. He scores around the basket, rebounds, makes free throws and guards. He is as efficient of a player as we played against all year.”
THE FUTURE: Colson will be a senior next year.