by Rick Kindhart
Missouri State University men’s basketball coach Dana Ford announced Monday (Aug. 19) that graduate transfer Anthony Masinton-Bonner will not compete in his final season of eligibility and will retire from college basketball.
Masinton-Bonner spent the summer at Missouri State after transferring from Colorado State University where he spent the previous four years with the Rams. The native of Lawrence, Kan., previously announced on April 15 he would be attending MSU for his final season of eligibility in 2019-20.
He expressed his gratitude to the coaches and fans in Springfield for accepting him into the fold during his brief stay with the program.
“Thank you, Missouri State, for believing in me and making me feel a part of something special,” said Masinton-Bonner. “In my short time with the program, I am absolutely grateful for the experience and wish the guys and the staff nothing but the best.”
Ford extended his best wishes to the 6-foot-2 guard.
“We wish Anthony all the best,” said Ford. “We commend him for making the best decision for his future, and we know he will be successful in all his endeavors.”
As a redshirt junior in 2018-19, Bonner averaged 12.2 points and 2.4 rebounds with 16 starts at Colorado State. He knocked down 44 percent of his 3-point shots and converted 88.2 percent of his free throws.
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.
Ford returns a pair of All-Missouri Valley Conference starters and six lettermen in all from a 16-16 club of a year ago. The Bears now have five newcomers in the fold with three additional transfers gaining eligibility this year after sitting out last season to satisfy NCAA requirements.