Richie Bonney ’14, a forward for Hobart College basketball, has been named the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for Division III men’s basketball, becoming the first student-athlete in the history of the Colleges to receive the prestigious national honor.
This season also marks the second year in a row that Bonney has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Men’s Basketball Team, which is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
“Winning the award is an honor and it feels great to be recognized for my hard work on and off the court,” Bonney says. “It is a testament to my teammates and coaches, as well as the professors who have inspired me to pursue my academic work passionately. The support network at HWS has allowed me to take advantage of the many opportunities here and I am so grateful to be at a place that encourages students to pursue their passions.”
A public policy studies and philosophy double major, Bonney is a three-time Capital One Academic All-District first team selection and a three-time Liberty League All-Academic pick. He also is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Parents Association Scholarship. At HWS, Bonney has been inducted as a member of the Druid and Chimera honor societies.
In addition to his time with Statesmen basketball, Bonney also is actively involved with volunteering on and off campus. He has twice participated as a student leader for the Colleges’ Pre-Orientation Adventure Program, working on Habitat for Humanity Build projects. He was also involved with the construction of the Geneva Community Lakefront Playground, and has helped out with youth basketball clinics in Seneca Falls and on campus for the Special Olympics.
Since Shawn Fazio ’81 became the Colleges’ first Academic All-American in 1979 (first team baseball), HWS student-athletes have been elected to 35 Academic All-America teams. Of those 35, 10 have been first team selections. Bonney joins former offensive lineman Brian Monaco ’10 as the only two-time first team selections in the Colleges’ history.
The lone repeat selection on the Capital One Academic All-America men’s basketball first team, Bonney is averaging 19.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per game for the Statesmen. While connecting on 56.9 percent of his field goal attempts, he has led Hobart to an 18-6 overall record. The Statesmen have secured their fourth straight Liberty League regular season championship with a 12-3 conference record.
Bonney’s 18 double-doubles this season are second most in the nation, while he ranks 10th in rebounds per game. He currently leads the Liberty League in rebounding and ranks second in scoring average and field goal percentage. Bonney scored a season-high 31 points at Clarkson on Feb. 1 and pulled down a career-high matching 19 rebounds at Hartwick on Dec. 30, 2013.
Bonney has scored 1,621 points and pulled down 904 rebounds in his career. He is sixth on Hobart’s all-time scoring list, 15 behind No. 5 Eric Nelson ’98. Bonney is just the third Statesman to reach 900 career rebounds, trailing only Joe Corbett ’03 (1,249) and Carmen Genovese ’70 (967).
A native of Norwich, N.Y., Bonney earned NABC and D3hoops.com All-East Region second-team honors last season, while also being named to the All-Liberty League first team. In 2011-12, he was an All-Liberty League second-team selection, and earned Liberty League Rookie of the Year honors in 2010-11.