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15 Matt Bonner
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  • 4L
  • Forward
  • 6-10, 240
  • Concord, New Hampshire
  • Concord High School
  • Major: Business Administration

He came to Gainesville in relative anonymity and left as one of the greatest players ever put on a Florida jersey… Ended his career at Florida ranked eighth on the Gators' all-time scoring list with 1,570 points… Finished his career sixth on the school's all-time list for three-pointers with 165 … One of only six players in school history with over 1,500 points and over 750 rebounds… The only player in school history with better than 1,500 points, over 750 rebounds and more than 150 three-pointers… One of the most complete student-athletes in college basketball, he was the recipient of the Verizon Academic All-American of the Year for the sport of basketball in both 2002 and 2003… He was the first Gator basketball player to win the award and only the fourth Gator student-athlete to achieve that honor… In addition, he was a member of the Verizon First Team Academic All-America squad in each of his final three seasons, the first Gator basketball player to do so… Only the third Gator in school history to be named Academic All-American, joining Andy Owens, who is currently a judge in Sarasota and Mike Leatherwood… In 2002, he was the only junior on the squad, while he was the only sophomore named to the 2001 Verizon Academic All-American Team… Three-time Academic All-SEC selection… Ended his career as a three-time All-SEC selection, earning First Team honors in 2003 (both Coaches and AP), after earning a spot on the Second Team in 2002 and the Third Team in 2001… Sports Illustrated named him one of New Hamsphire's Top 50 Athletes of the Century (Number 12) … Graduated first in his high school class (out of 350) and scored 1350 on his SAT…

AS A SENIOR IN 2002-03 - A First Team All-SEC selection (Coaches' and AP) and the runner-up for the SEC Player of the Year (Coaches')… The Verizon Academic All-American of the Year for the second straight year and a First Team Academic All-American for the third straight year… Verizon Academic All-District III member… SEC Academic Honor Roll for the third straight year… Earned a spot on the USBWA District IV squad… Led the Gators in scoring with 15.2 ppg and was second in rebounding with 6.1 rpg… For the second straight year, the more important the games got, the better he responded, as he averaged over 16.0 ppg in SEC play for the second straight year… Led the SEC in three-point shooting, hitting 63-133 (.474)… Set career-highs in three-pointers made (63) points (501), assists (49), steals (35), while finishing with over 200 rebounds for the third straight year (201)… Led the team in double-figure scoring games with 25 (15 vs. E. Illinois, 19 vs. Stanford, 22 vs. Kansas, 18 vs. West Virginia, 18 vs. Florida State, 14 vs. South Florida, 16 vs. Maryland, 16 vs. Miami, 17 vs. Charleston Southern, 18 vs. Florida A&M, 16 vs. Mississippi State, 15 vs. Georgia, 25 vs. Tennessee, 19 vs. South Carolina, 13 vs. Arkansas, 21 vs. Alabama, 11 vs. Ole Miss, 19 vs. Tennessee, 24 vs. New Orleans, 17 vs. Vanderbilt, 18 vs. South Carolina, 23 vs. Auburn, 24 vs. Georgia, 25 vs. Kentucky and 15 vs. LSU)… Led the Gators in scoring in 16 games, the most on the team (Stanford, Kansas, West Virginia, Florida State, Charleston Southern, Florida A&M, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, New Orleans, South Carolina, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky and LSU)… Posted a team-high seven 20-point games… Scored in double-figures in 13-of-16 SEC regular season games… .Recorded three double-doubles (16 pts., 12 rebounds vs. Maryland and Miami and 11 pts., 10 rebounds vs. Ole Miss)… Moved into ninth place in UF history with 1,557 points as he scored 15 vs. LSU in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament (3/14)… Tied a season-high in points with 25 and set a new season-high in field goals made with 11 vs. Kentucky… Shot 79-percent from the field vs. Kentucky (11-14)… Shot 60-percent (9-15) from the field and scored 24 points vs. Georgia (3/4)… Was named the SEC Player of the Week afterwards… Went over 1,500 points for his career in the process as well… Led the team with 23 points vs. Auburn and shot 62-percent from the field (8-13)… Team-high 18 points on 7-12 shooting (58-percent) from the field vs. South Carolina (2/25)… Shot 64-percent from the field (7-11) and scored 17 points vs. Vanderbilt (2/22)… Scored 24 points against New Orleans, his second highest total of the season and a total he later matched against Georgia… Shot 53-percent (9-17) from the field and 50-percent (4-8) from behind the arc vs. New Orleans… Shot 75-percent from the field (6-8) and 80-percent from behind the arc and scored 19 points vs. Tennessee… Went over 1,400 career points (1,411) vs. Tennessee… Played a career-high 46 minutes in UF's double-overtime win at Miami… Scored a season-high 25 points vs. Tennessee… Grabbed season-highs in rebounds with 12 in back-to-back road wins at Maryland and Miami… Blocked a season-high two shots in E. Illinois and West Virginia… Had multiple assists in 12 games (2 vs. La. Tech, 2 vs. Kansas, 4 vs. South Florida, 2 vs. Miami, 3 vs. Charleston Southern, 2 vs. Florida A&M, 2 vs. Mississippi State, 3 vs. Tennessee, 4 vs. South Carolina, 2 vs. LSU, 2 vs. Arkansas and 4 vs. Ole Miss)… .Set a new career-high for steals in a season with 28… Started his 50th career game game in his 100th career game played against Eastern Illinois… First field goal of the game was the 400th of his career…

AS A JUNIOR IN 2001-02 - The national Academic All-American of the Year in 2002, the first Gator basketball player to achieve that honor and only the fourth Gator student-athlete to achieve that honor… Was the only junior on the five-man Verizon Academic All-American first team… Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press… Basketball Times All-South Team… First-Team USBWA District IV… Second-Team All-SEC (Coaches' and AP)… Named to Verizon Academic All-District III team and SEC Academic Honor Roll… Named to SEC Goodworks Team… SEC Player of the Week for Feb. 11th… Ranked second on the squad in scoring (15.6 ppg), rebounding (7.2), three point field goal percentage (.371), blocked shots (22), free throw shooting percentage (.796) and double doubles (6)… Joined Udonis Haslem as the only Gators to start every game… Led UF in scoring in SEC games only (15.9)… Ranked 10th in the SEC in scoring, fifth in field goal percentage and seventh in rebounding… Ranked fourth in the league in field goal percentage in league games only and fifth in the league in rebounding in SEC games only… Led UF in scoring in a team-best 12 games… .Was also the top rebounder in 12 games… Scored in double figures in 26 of 31 games… .Had five 20-point games and a career-high 31 at South Florida… Had seven games with double digit rebounding totals and six double doubles… Scored UF's first points in a team-best 10 games… Made 21 consecutive free throws at one point during the season… Averaged 17.1 ppg in eight games in the month of December… Averaged 18.3 ppg in eight games in February and shot .500 (20-of-40) from three-point range and .800 (24-of-30) from the foul line during that stretch… Averaged 21.5 ppg (86) during four-game stretch (Michigan State to High Point)… Set scoring career highs in back-to-back games (23 vs. Michigan State and 31 vs. South Florida)… 18 of his 23 points came in the first half vs. Michigan State… Scored 20 of his 31 in the second half vs. South Florida on a perfect 7-of-7 from the field… 31 point effort was first by a UF player since 1998 and first on the road since Jason Williams had 31 at Texas on Dec. 9, 1997… Named National Player of the Week for his performance vs. Michigan State and South Florida… Scored 20 points in the first half against Mississippi State, equaling the Bulldogs' total in the first half… .Career high six three pointers vs. MSU was just one less than he had in six previous games… .Equaled his career-high in three-pointers made (six) vs. Tennessee… Had back-to-back double doubles at Tennessee and Vanderbilt… Had career high 14 rebounds at Georgia…

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2000-01 - The only sophomore named to the Verizon Academic All-American Team after posting a 3.96 GPA in Business Administration… Named Third-Team All-SEC by the Associated Press… Also named to Verizon Academic All-District III team and SEC Academic Honor Roll… Earned UF Academic Excellence Award and shared Most Improved Player with fellow sophomore Brett Nelson… Named to SEC Goodworks team for his work in the community… Moved into the starting lineup in the SEC opener vs. South Carolina when Brent Wright went down with first foot injury… Started 17 of the final 20 games (all but Arkansas, Ole Miss and Kentucky)… Began the year as the first sub off the bench in seven of the first 11 games… Led UF and ranked fifth in the SEC in rebounding (7.7 rpg)… 8.6 rpg was second best in SEC in conference games only… Led UF in rebounding in 16 of 31 games… Had team-best 10 double doubles, third best in the league, and the most by a Gator sophomore in 12 years… Seven of the 10 double doubles came in SEC action… Had 23 double figure scoring games after having only two as a freshman… Had four 20-point games… Six dunks… Surpassed his point total from his freshman season in just 14 games and his rebounding total in 17 games… Had career high 22 points vs. Alabama in the SEC Tournament, including 19 of them in the first half… Averaged team-best 16.5 ppg in SEC Tournament on .632 shooting (.636 from beyond the arc)… Averaged 14.9 ppg and 8.8 rpg vs. ranked teams on .563 shooting… Four of his 10 double doubles came against ranked teams… Averaged 34.5 mpg in first four SEC games… Set a UF exhibition scoring record with 35 points vs. the London Leopards on Nov. 6th… Second leading scorer (18.4 ppg) on the team during five-game 12-day exhibition tour of Europe in August…

AS A FRESHMAN IN 1999-2000 - Saw action at power forward… Showed improvement in his offensive game as the season progressed… Shot .591 from the field in NCAA Tournament games, second best on the team… Led team with .478 three-point percentage in SEC play… Also shot .493 from the field in league action… Missed his first eight three pointers on the year, but hit 16-of-48 (.333) the rest of the way and was 8-of-17 (.471) from three-point range during a 17 game-stretch… Had two double figure scoring games… Made his first 10 career free throw attempts and had another streak of 16 snapped vs. South Carolina… Missed four free throws all year… Was 4-of-5 from the field vs. Duke in NCAA Tournament… Shot .538 from the field, .500 from three-point range and was perfect from the foul line in February en route to averaging 6.9 ppg during the month… Had a career-high three three-pointers vs. LSU… Had a career-high 14 points vs. VMI… Did not play vs. Bethune-Cookman after taking a Chemistry and Calculus exam earlier in the day… Shared game-high honors with nine rebounds vs. Georgetown…

PREP - A consensus top 30 prospect who was ranked as high as eighth… One of the most decorated prep players in New Hampshire history… A 1999 graduate of Concord High School where he was coached by Billy Haubrich… Scored 2,459 career points, the first player in Class L history to top the 2,000-point plateau… Led Concord to a combined record of 77-6 and three straight state championships… Named the 1999 Gatorade Circle of Champions New England Regional High School boys' basketball athlete of the year… One of the eight finalists for the 14th annual National High School athlete of the year… Class L New Hampshire player of the year for the third consecutive season as a senior… Participated in the 1999 Magic Roundball Classic… Averaged 35 points and 14 rebounds as a senior… Tallied 40 or more points in 10 of 19 games as a senior, including 47 against Londonerry… Scored 23 straight points vs. Manchester West… Was on select high school All-Star team that toured France in August of 1998… First-Team All-State as a junior after averaging 29.0 ppg and 13.0 rpg… Led Concord High School to second consecutive Class L Championship as a junior… Averaged 22 ppg and 13 rpg as a sophomore and led team to Class L state Championship… Averaged 20 ppg and 12 rpg as a freshman and an appearance to the state semifinal game… Recruited by North Carolina, Duke, Syracuse and Kansas before picking Florida over Virginia… Played for AAU Coach Frank Alosa… Orally committed to the Gators on August 14th and signed in November signing period…

PERSONAL - Born Matthew Robert Bonner on April 5, 1980… Son of Dave and Paula Bonner… Father is mailman and a basketball official… Mother is a school teacher… Sister, Becky, will be a junior on the Boston University basketball team in 2003-04 after sitting out this season after transferring from Stanford… Becky, a Parade All-America as a senior in high school, went over the 1,000-point plateau the same night Matt surpassed 2,000 career points… Was 23-inches long at birth… Has an interest in science and math… A big football fan… Favorite moment on Florida recruiting trip was meeting WCW Wrestler Ric Flair, who made a guest appearance at Midnight Madness… A Larry Bird fan… Wears a size 17 shoe… Brother, Luke, is a 7-0 center entering his senior season in 2003-04 at Trinity Prep in New Hampshire… Father is 6-7, mother is 6-3 and sister is 6-2.

Matt Bonner's Career Statistics
1999-00 36-0 485 66-150 .440 16-56 .286 26-30 .867 115
2000-01 31-17 883 150-292 .514 40-105 .381 71-107 .664 238
2001-02 31-31 876 182-355 .513 46-124 .371 74-93 .796 224
2002-03 33-33 1037 182-357 .510 63-133 .474 74-104 .733 201
TOTALS 131-81 3284 580-1,154 .503 165-418 .395 245-334 .734 778
1999-00 3.2 15 22 9 11 65-2 174 4.8  
2000-01 7.7 46 51 13 25 66-0 411 13.3  
2001-02 7.2 48 49 22 23 59-0 484 15.6  
2002-03 6.1 49 54 20 35 70-1 501 15.2  
TOTALS 5.9 158176 64 94 260-3 1,570 12.0    
Matt Bonner's SEC Statistics
1999-00 16-0 206 34-69 .493 11-23 .478 12-13 .923 47
2000-01 16-13 508 77-160 .481 15-51 .294 48-71 .676 138
2001-02 16-16 460 97-184 .527 30-72 .417 43-55 .782 122
2002-03 16-16 508 95-181 .525 27-54 .500 46-61 .754 103
TOTALS 64-45 1682 303-594 .510 83-200 .415 149-200 .745 410
1999-00 2.9 7 7 7 5 24-0 91 5.7  
2000-01 8.6 24 25 5 13 30-0 217 13.6  
2001-02 7.6 26 29 8 16 28-0 267 16.7  
2002-03 6.4 25 27 10 16 39-1 263 16.4  
TOTALS 6.4 82 88 30 50 121-1 838 13.1  
Matt Bonner's NCAA Statistics
1999-00 6-0 71 13-22 .591 1-8 .125 0-1 .000 11
2000-01 2-2 61 8-18 .444 2-6 .333 3-8 .375 15
2001-02 1-1 39 4-11 .364 1-3 .333 1-1 1.00 4
2002-03 2-2 62 5-20 .250 3-10 .300 0-2 .000 14
TOTALS 11-5 233 30-71 .423 7-27 .259 4-12 .333 44
1999-00 1.8 2 4 0 1 9-0 27 4.5  
2000-01 7.5 5 3 0 1 8-0 21 10.5  
2001-02 4.0 1 2 0 0 3-0 3 3.0  
2002-03 7.0 2 6 1 1 4-0 13 6.5  
TOTALS 4.0 10 15 1 3 24-0 64 5.8  

Bonner's Game Highs
Season 25, 2x last vs. Kentucky (3/8/03)
Career 31, vs. South Florida (12/8/01)
Season 12, 2x, last vs. Miami (12/21/02)
Career 15, vs. South Carolina (1/7/01)
Field Goal
Season 11, vs. Kentucky (3/8/03)
Career 13, vs. South Florida (12/8/01)
Field Goal Attempts
Season 17, 2x last vs. N. Orleans (2/17/03)
Career 17, 3x last vs. N. Orleans (2/17/03)
3-Point FGs
Season 5, vs. Tennessee (1/15/03)
Career 6, 2x, last vs. Tenn. (2/26/02)
3-Point FG Attempts
Season 8, 2x last vs. N. Orleans (2/17/03)
Career 10, vs. Tennessee (2/26/02)
Free Throws
Season 7, 2x last vs. Arkansas (2/1/03)
Career 8, vs. South Carolina (2/5/02)
Free Throw Attempts
Season 10, vs. Arkansas (2/1/03)
Career 10, 2x last vs. Arkansas (2/1/02)
Season 4, 3x last vs. Ole Miss (2/12/03)
Career 5, vs. Temple (11/8/01)
Season 3, 2x last vs. Tennessee (1/15/03)
Career 4, 2x, last vs. Tenn. (02/18/01)
Blocked Shots
Season 2, 4x last vs. LSU (3/14/03)
Career 4, vs. Stetson (12/28/01)
Minutes Played
Season 46, vs. Miami (12/21/02)
Career 46, vs. Miami (12/21/02)

Misc. Stats 2002-03 Career
Times led UF in scoring 16 32
Times Led UF in Rebounding 12 41
Times led UF in Assists 1 6
Double Figure Scoring Games 25 76
20-point games 7 16
30-point games 0 1
Double figure rebounding games 3 21
Double Doubles 3 19
Dunks 3 15
Charges Drawn 3 10
First Player off the Bench 0 11
Scored UF's First Points 7 22
Three Point Plays 31-6 21-30#
Final Three Minutes from Line 11-14 45-55
#Includes two four-point plays
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