BUFFALO, NY–Is it too early? Too early to generate thoughts about the next Bonnie to fulfill his NBA dreams?
Andrew Nicholson, the 6’10, junior stud of St. Bonaventure has earned every syllable in the limited national publicity that has neglected this workhorse.
In all fairness, it’s quite simple to overlook the Canadian (not literally) when playing in a program ranked 92nd in RPI, with most prominent NBA representation from Bob Lanier, first overall pick in the 1970 NBA draft. Not to take anything away from the illustrious hall of famer; but unless you’re a Bonnie faithful or born prior to 1970, the name will likely not ring any bells. Lanier also happened to be a 6’10 post.
However, Nicholson is proud to be an instrumental part of Bonnie resurgence. Not only has he significantly improved each season, but is also putting the Atlantic 10 squad on his back to 11-9 overall.
“Our main goal is to make it to the NCAA tournament, but we have to win the A-10 first,” he explained.
While Nicholson won’t be a lottery pick at this point, NBA GM’s have certainly taken notice of the rising prospect. By the end of next season, after Nicholson recieves his degree, expect the Mississauga, Ontario product to be attending work in an NBA jersey.
“He’s a leaguer, no question. You can’t teach 7’5 wingspan,” said fellow Canadian and Bonnie freshman Matthew Wright.
“Plus he has an amazing touch, great foot work and improving range,” spoken like a seasoned scout.
Once you put this statement into perspective and let it sink in; Nicholson’s potential is actually higher than he gets credit for.
The 2010-2011 campaign has him averaging 20 PPG, 8RPPG while shooting 54% from the field. In his first two years, Nicholson didn’t hoist up a single three pointer.
Already, the big man is 3-15 from deep; nothing to be praised about. However, the attempts provide a great indication of the player that he would like to become.
“I have to keep improving my dribbling and outside play,” he explained
As Nicholson’s perimieter game progresses, expect his stock to boom significantly taking into account his ability to run the floor, block shots, and most important, the willingness to develop as a complete player complimented with a positive attitude.
Nicholson is currently ranked #33 among NCAA Juniors according to Draft Express. (Also worth mentioning is Montreal, Quebec native Kris Joseph at #8 who could be entering the draft as early as this year)
Hypothetically speaking, if you were to choose, what NBA team would you like to play for?
“I wouldn’t mind playing for the home team, Toronto Raptors…but then again, I wouldn’t mind playing for any NBA team.”
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Photo Courtesy: Mississauga.com