Cape Fear Academy has been a program that has gone under the radar at times and also plays a certain style. However, one thing is for sure, this team has proven winners and talent that should have college coaches’ attention.
At the college level, coaches seem to always be looking for tough-minded guards but also ones that can be versatile in their roles on the floor. 2020 6’2 senior guard Emmanuel Bonsu is showing that he can be just that as well as be a true leader.
When you first see his game, Bonsu’s physicality and strength immediately stand out on the court. He is a big, sturdy, athletic guard that flourishes on a half-court offense as well as full court. His ability to create for himself, change directions/pace, rise over defenders with his jumper, or finish through contact can all be seen. Which is why, whatever system he plays in, Bonsu can flourish and make an impact; it is something that he prides himself on.
“I would say adaptable,” he said when Phenom Hoops asked how he would describe his game. “I can defend full court when you want me to, I can score when you need me to, and I can pass when you want me to. I move at a fast pace and can get to the bucket, as well as shoot the ball.”
The scoreboard or stats may not always show exactly what Bonsu is capable of doing but once you watch his game on the court, one can see that he could thrive in multiple systems at the next level.
Which is why his recruitment may come as a surprise. Right now, American is his only offer on the table but several college programs have been into the Cape Fear Academy program since this September, with a few expressing strong interests. VMI and The Citadel are two that come to his mind, as he mentioned that they would love to have him up for a visit soon to check out the program. Still, it seems that we are waiting for his recruitment to start taking off.
One thing is for sure though, the senior guard should be garnering more attention and he showed why at the Hoops & Dreams Showcase in Fayetteville. With his leadership, athleticism, and feel for the game, Bonsu may become one of the top steals in the North Carolina class of 2020 for whichever program may knab him.
Coaches’ Thoughts: 6’3″, 195 lb., 6’5″ wingspan, combo guard, NCISAA All-State, CRC All-Conference & All-Tournament, nicknamed “man child”, college-ready body now, infectious personality, TOUGH, great frame, a physically gifted stud, reminds some of Luguentz Dort, high motor, loves to compete, athletic, unselfish, teammates enjoy playing with him, shoots it well with range, attacks basket hard, a lockdown defender capable of DEFENDING very well at any level of college basketball, upside is very high, motivated to reach top-level, good student, from Canada, Montreal basketball league champion, won league MVP