Vote Nicholson for Ontario Basketball’s Baller of the Year Award
ONTARIO – Former St. Bonaventure star Andrew Nicholson has been nominated as a finalist for Ontario Basketball's Baller of the Year Award.
Voting for the award is open to the public and ballots can be found by clicking here. Voting closes on Monday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m.
Nicholson, now of the NBA's Orlando Magic, finished second to Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos in last year's voting for the award. This year's list of 10 finalists includes Pangos and NBA players Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers), Cory Joseph (San Antonio Spurs) and Kris Joseph (Boston Celtics).
Baller of the Year is an Ontario native who has participated in basketball at an elite level and has achieved outstanding success. Voting for athletes must be based on their record, playing ability, integrity, character, sportsmanlike conduct and contributions to the teams on which they played and contributions to the game of basketball.
In 2012, Nicholson led the Bonnies to their first ever Atlantic 10 Conference championship and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2000. Along the way, the native of Mississauga, Ontario, was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and an All-American Honorable Mention.
Nicholson averaged 18.5 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting 57.1 percent from the field and 43.4 percent on 3-pointers in leading the Bonnies to a 20-12 mark as a senior in 2011-12. The 6-foot-9 forward finished 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.
The Magic selected Nicholson with the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He became the 33rd player in SBU history to be selected in the NBA Draft and the first since 1986, when Barry Mungar was taken in the Fourth Round.