St. Bonaventure Athletic Department Announces NBA Draft Plans
Nicholson NBA Draft Packet
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – With the NBA Draft set for Thursday night in Newark, N.J., the St. Bonaventure Department of Athletics has announced its plans as former SBU standout Andrew Nicholson is projected to be a First-Round pick.
What: 2012 NBA Draft
When: Thursday, June 28 – 7:30 PM (ESPN coverage starts at 7 p.m. with a Draft Preview Special)
Where: Prudential Center – Newark, N.J.
Tickets to the NBA Draft are still available through Ticketmaster by clicking here. If possible, fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in either Section 20 or 21.
Brick City Bar and Grill
Open to all Bonaventure alumni and fans, this informal social will lead into the NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the coach of the 2012 Atlantic 10 champions, Mark Schmidt, ESPN.com's National Coach of the Year, Jim Crowley, and Athletics Director Steve Watson. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.
Local Watch Spots
Those looking to watch the NBA Draft in the local Allegany/Olean area are encouraged to visit one of St. Bonaventure's corporate sponsors: Randy's Up The River, Fat Heads, Applebee's, Beef 'n' Barrel, Angees or Bartlett Country Club.
Nicholson will not be at the Draft, but GoBonnies.com will have comprehensive coverage from both inside Nicholson's private Toronto gathering and the NBA Draft at the Prudential Center.
Beginning at 6:45 p.m., a special pre-show live from Nicholson's gathering with host Shannon Shepherd will air on UStream by clicking here (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nicholsontest). Shepherd will interview Nicholson, in addition to other former teammates and coaches expected to be in attendance. The show will be archived and available to watch following the Draft. Fans wishing to ask questions in advance may be submit them using the @Go_Bonnies Twitter handle.
Following Nicholson being selected, log on to GoBonnies.com Thursday night and Friday for complete reaction, including videos, a Twitter recap and the traditional release, among more.
Follow And Interact On Twitter
Fans are encouraged to follow all the action from both Nicholson's gathering in Toronto and the NBA Draft on Twitter via @Go_Bonnies. They are also encouraged to get involved by using the hashtag #ANdraft and #Bonnies, and by tweeting pictures to @Go_Bonnies of their own draft parties.
For a complete capsule of Nicholson's career, don't forget to check out AndrewNicholson44.com. This one-stop website provides media clippings, stats, videos, photos, biography information and more on St. Bonaventure's first Associated Press All-American since Bob Lanier.
Nicholson In Brief
Nicholson stormed through the final month of the 2012 regular season to garner Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors. He powered St. Bonaventure to its first A-10 Championship title – earning a nod for Most Outstanding Player along the way – after posting 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks in a title-game win over Xavier that sent SBU to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000.
Nicholson ended one of the all-time great careers in Bona basketball ranked second in program history in points (2,103), field-goal percentage (57.5) and blocked shots (244), while sitting fourth in total rebounds (887) in 123 games and 75 straight starts to end his career. He ranks as the only player in the history of the Atlantic 10 Conference to earn four consecutive Player of the Week awards, averaging 25.3 points and 11.5 rebounds over the final eight league games of the season.
St. Bonaventure NBA Draft Picks
Below is a list of all-time St. Bonaventure players who have been NBA Draft picks. In total, 32 former Bonnies have been drafted. Nicholson would become the 33rd, and first since Barry Mungar was selected in the Fourth Round of the 1986 NBA Draft. He would also become the fourth Bonaventure First-Round pick, and first since Bob Lanier was selected first overall in 1970.
Bonnies Drafted Year Round, Pick Team
Ken Murray 1950 4, 41 Chicago Stags
Fred Duite 1951 3, 28 Rochester Royals
Leo Corkery 1952 4, 43 Fort Wayne Pistons
Billy Kenville 1953 3, 25 Syracuse Nationals
Mike Bodnar " " 5, 43 Fort Wayne Pistons
Bob Sassone " " 10, 82 Philadelphia Warriors
Bill Edwards " " 11, 92 Rochester Royals
Mal Duffy 1955 5, 39 Syracuse Nationals
Brendan McCann 1957 1, 5 New York Knicks
Sam Stith 1960 8, 56 Cincinnati Royals
Tom Stith 1961 1, 2 New York Knicks
Whitey Martin " " 2, 10 New York Knicks
Bob McCully 1962 4, 30 Syracuse Nationals
Fred Crawford 1964 4, 26 New York Knicks
Bob Barnek 1965 8, 65 Philadelphia Warriors
George Carter 1967 8, 81 Detroit Pistons
Bill Butler 1968 9, 116 Boston Celtics
Jim Satalin 1969 9, 115 Milwaukee Bucks
Bob Lanier 1970 1, 1 Detroit Pistons
Greg Gary 1971 4, 59 San Francisco Warriors
Matt Gantt 1972 4, 59 Phoenix Suns
Paul Hoffman " " 15, 189 Buffalo Braves
Carl Jackson 1973 8, 122 Buffalo Braves
Glen Price 1974 8, 135 Buffalo Braves
Bob Rozyczko 1976 9, 153 Buffalo Braves
Essie Hollis 1977 2, 44 New Orleans Jazz
Glen Hagan 1978 2, 43 Philadelphia 76ers
Greg Sanders " " 8, 162 New York Knicks
Tim Waterman 1979 7, 141 Atlanta Hawks
Earl Belcher 1981 4, 87 San Antonio Spurs
Mark Jones 1983 4, 82 New York Knicks
Barry Mungar 1986 4, 82 Washington Bullets
Two former St. Bonaventure players have gone undrafted but later signed free-agent contracts:
Bonnies Undrafted Free Agents Year Team
David Vanterpool 2001 New Jersey Nets
J.R. Bremer 2002 Boston Celtics
A look at where some media outlets are predicting Nicholson to be selected in the First Round:
Mock Drafts (as of June 28, 3 p.m.)
NBADraftInsider.com – (21) Boston Celtics
CBSSports.com (Jeff Goodman) – (23) Atlanta Hawks
CBSSports.com (Matt Moore) – (23) Atlanta Hawks
DraftExpress.com – (22) Boston Celtics
NBADraft.net – (19) Orlando Magic
SI.com (Sam Amick) – (21) Boston Celtics
Examiner.com – (19) Orlando Magic
NBA.com (Scott Howard-Cooper) – (23) Atlanta Hawks
SlamOnline.com – (22) Boston Celtics
MyNBAdraft.com – (22) Boston Celtics
ESPN.com – (22) Boston Celtics
BleacherReport.com – (21) Boston Celtics
NBA Teams Nicholson Has Worked Out For
Oklahoma City Thunder