Bears add Colorado State transfer Masinton-Bonner

SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State men’s basketball coach Dana Ford announced Monday that Colorado State guard Anthony Masinton-Bonner has announced his transfer to MSU next season.

Masinton-Bonner, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound, senior guard has been a mainstay at CSU the past three seasons. He averaged 12.2 points and 2.4 rebounds through this year with 16 starts. He knocked down 44 percent of his 3-point shots and converted 88.2 percent of his free throws as a redshirt junior in 2018-19.

“Anthony gives us an experienced guard who can score the basketball at all three levels as well as make plays for others,” said MSU assistant coach Jase Herl who coached Masinton-Bonner during his time at Colorado State. “He has experience playing in big games in a tough Mountain West Conference and fits exactly what we are looking for.”

He started 21 times his sophomore year (2017-18) and averaged 8.9 points and 2.7 rebounds a game while converting 43.2 percent from long range. He saw action in all 36 games in 2016-17 as a redshirt freshman, averaging 3.5 points per game for a Rams team that won 24 games and earned an NIT berth.

Originally from Lawrence, Kan. (Lawrence High), Masinton-Bonner is a graduate transfer, meaning he will be immediately eligible to play at Missouri State for the 2019-20 season and have just one season of eligibility.

He joins Lamont West as one of two MSU graduate transfers slated to come to Springfield for Ford’s second season. West, a transfer from West Virginia, is a 6-foot-8 power forward from Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Ga. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio.