#7 Yahosh Bonner

For the next 10 days, I will preview my top ten college prospects in Arizona. In my selection, I have included only players I evaluated and had the chance to see play myself. Today we profile #7 Yahosh Bonner from Mesa Mt. View. After the hype last summer, Bonner hit his critics head-on, including ME!

Ranked #7

Yahosh Bonner 5'11" PG. Mesa Mt. View

Bonner arrived in Mesa last season with much hype and even more pressure. Regardless of his performance on the court, he was not going to live up to the huge rep he developed before his first game in a Toro uniform.

Bonner shook off the early season jitters and established his own rep with his play on the court. Even earning 1st Team All-State by the Repub. Listed as a PG, I still have questions whether Bonner is a legit Point. His size and quicks allow him to run the show, but at the next level Yahosh must learn the in's & out's of the most difficult position in basketball. Not easy at the low-mid major level, where taller, quicker PG's will become a challenge. My opinion is Yahosh is more of a combo guard, giving him the freedom to create more opportunities for him and others. Playing in a system where he can run the lanes, not running the show would allow his strengths to stand out much more than the weaknesses.

Watching Bonner, he needs to let the game come to him, not force the issue. His assist/T.O. ration is high, which is an indication of doing too much. Surrounded by a talented returning Mesa Mt. View squad, he needs to get everyone involved, and take what is given. His "Quinn Buckner" like body and quick first step will land him a low-mid scholie, but my take is go to a program where he can learn from a Jr. for 2 years and learn the position, not having to come in and run the show right away. Maybe even Red-Shirt, giving him another year to get aquainted with the most difficult position on the floor!

Yahosh Bonner hit his critics head-on last season, including myself. With the same desire and focus, he could easily lead the Toro's back to AWA for a run at the crown. Staying focused on the responsibilities of the PG, not worrying about his numbers but making sure his squad is involved with every possession on the offensive end. At seasons end, with numbers like 14pts/game, 4-1 Assist-Turnover ratio, and a 90% FT shooter, Bonner will have finished his career on the Mesa a success and continue on at a Low-Mid Major program where he can continue and develop into a quality DI PG.

Coach T


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