ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Bobby Planutis, a 6-8 forward from Hazelton, Pa., has accepted an athletics grant-in-aid from St. Bonaventure University, Bonnies head coach Mark Schmidt announced. Planutis will transfer from Mount St. Mary's, where he played last season. After sitting out the 2018-19 season per NCAA rules, he will have three years of eligibility.
Last season at Mount St. Mary's, Planutis played in 32 games, earning 25 starts. He averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Planutis' shooting skill was evident as he made 49 percent of his three-point attempts (33-67). He shot 47 percent from the field overall and 90 percent (36-40) at the free throw line. Planutis scored in double figures seven times including four of the Mount's last five games. Mount St. Mary's finished 18-14 including a 12-6 mark in the Northeast Conference.
"Bobby really fits in our system and with the way we want to play," Schmidt said. "He's a face-up forward who can really shoot it, so he can space out the defense. He has a great (shooting) stroke. With Courtney (Stockard) and LaDarien (Griffin) graduating after next year, we needed a player like Bobby. He will be able to take this next year to work on his game, get stronger and be ready to go the next three years after that. He's a guy who loves the game, loves to be in the gym and who we think can really help us."
Planutis attended prep school for one year at Bridgton Academy in Maine where he played for coach Whit Lesure. There, he averaged 23 points and eight rebounds per game and made 70 three-pointers. Planutis was the third-ranked prep player in Maine that season.
As a senior at Hazelton Area High School, Planutis averaged 20.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocked shots per game. He shot 59 percent from the floor and was an All-District 2 Big School selection.
Planutis played AAU basketball for JB Hoops.
St. Bonaventure has won at least 20 games the last three years, topped by a school record 26 wins this past season, when the Bonnies reached the NCAA Tournament and won a First Four game over UCLA.
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