By Mike Bednarowicz, @MBed10
Junior Andell Cumberbatch looks to have a big impact in his first season with the Bonnies.
Cumberbatch, who transferred to St. Bonaventure from Barton Community College in Kansas, averaged 14.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game to lead his team last season.
Cumberbatch said the biggest difference in jumping from junior college to Division I basketball has been the speed of the game and just trying to learn the system.
He took a liking to the school rather quick which helped his decision.
“I felt comfortable with everybody,” said Cumberbatch. “The Bona family really welcomed me and the whole coaching staff made me feel comfortable when I came here.”
Cumberbatch brings a good skill set to the team, especially with his 6’4” frame.
“I bring an aggressive mindset and good defense and my scoring and rebounding ability will be good for the team,” said Cumberbatch.
Like many other players, Cumberbatch said that he worked on his shooting and ball handling skills the most in the offseason.
He does not have specific goals for the team. He wants to go out there and be a good teammate and contribute the best that he can.
Cumberbatch had an excellent debut for the Bonnies in an exhibition win over Mansfield last week. He scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half. He demonstrated a reliable mid-range game, along with a keen ability to attack the basket.
Head coach Mark Schmidt knows that Cumberbatch can be a quality player for the Bonnies moving forward.
“Cumberbatch is somebody who is going to be a wing player—very athletic, has a really high skill level,” said Schmidt. “We need him to come in and be a productive player for us.”