Bonnies In The Pros

 

The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball program has been a breeding ground for professionals under head coach Mark Schmidt and his staff. Since Schmidt took over the program, 20 of his Bonnies players have gone on to play professionally with many enjoying successful careers both close to home and overseas. During that time, St. Bonaventure basketball has truly gone global with players around the world.

Here’s a look at where Bonnies players have gone after graduating from St. Bonaventure.

ANDREW NICHOLSON - 2008-2012
NBA / China

Nicholson was selected in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft, 19th overall by the Orlando Magic after an amazing career with St. Bonaventure. In 2013-14 for the Magic, Nicholson averaged 5.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. The Mississauga, Ontario native left St. Bonaventure as the program’s second all-time leading scorer (2,103) and currently ranks fourth in career rebounds (887) and second in blocked shots (244). Nicholson was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and A-10 Championship MVP in 2012, leading the Bonnies to their first conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Nicholson spent four seasons with the Magic, playing in 247 games. Prior to the 2016-17 season, he signed a four-year, $26 million deal with Washington and also spent time with the Brooklyn Nets. He is currently playing with the Guangdong Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. The Tigers have eight CBA championships, tied for the most in league history and have hosted a variety of NBA players. For his NBA career, Nicholson has averaged of six points and three rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game. 


DENZEL GREGG – 2013-2017
Austria

Gregg became the 20th player to play for the Bonnies under head coach Mark Schmidt to sign a professional contract when he joined the Oberwart Gunners in August. He becomes the second Bonnies alum to play for Oberwart as former teammate Andell Cumberbatch played there the past two seasons.

Gregg finished his career fifth on St. Bonaventure's all-time blocks list with 137. Gregg played in 114 games over his career and was a part of teams that won 78 games, making him the third-winningest player ever at St. Bonaventure. He scored 816 career points.

In 2016-17, he helped lead the Bonnies to a 22-9 record and a share of the A-10's regular season title. St. Bonaventure reached the NIT. In 2015-16, the Bonnies finished 20-12.


MARCUS POSLEY – 2014-2016
NBA D-League / Greece

After playing in the NBA Development League in 2016-17, Posley signed with Greek pro team Koroivos. He will be spending his first season in Europe this fall.

Posley was drafted in the second round of the 2016 NBA Development League Draft by the Sioux Falls Skyforce, an affiliate of the Miami Heat. He played the entire season for the Skyforce of the recently re-named NBA G League, starting 17 of 47 games while averaging 9.7 points, 2.1 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per game. He shot over 35 percent from long range during the season.

Posley, who was the second-leading scorer in the in the Atlantic 10 during the 2015-16 season for the Bonnies, scored 1,126 points during his two seasons with St. Bonaventure and was an All-Atlantic 10 selection.


DION WRIGHT – 2012-16
Cyprus / Japan / Saudi Arabia

Wright played in both Japan and Saudi Arabia during his first season playing professionally after graduating from St. Bonaventure. He appeared in 18 games for the Sendai 89ers in Japan, averaging 12.3 points and 6.4 rebounds during his time there. During the summer of 2017, he played in The Basketball Tournament (TBT), an annual 5-on-5 single elimination tournament of 64 teams playing for a grand prize of $2 million. Most recently, he signed with Etha of the Cypriot League in Cyprus during the fall of 2017 for the upcoming season.

He finished his Bonnies career following the 2015-16 season after ranking third in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding at 9.1 per game, adding 16.7 points and led all A-10 players that year with 14 double-doubles.


MATTHEW WRIGHT – 2010-2014
Philippines / France

Wright has become a star playing overseas since graduating from St. Bonaventure. He first joined the French League’s Quimper squad in 2014, then moved to the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. While in the ABL, he played for the Westports Malaysia Dragons and was named ASEAN MVP after helping the team to a league championship while averaging over 23 points per game. Last season, while playing for the Phoenix Fuel Masters of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and his former ABL head coach Ariel Vanguardia, he was named an all-star and also captured the league’s All-Star Game MVP honors. In the PBA, he’s averaged over 16 points per game while shooting better than 34 percent from beyond the arc. This summer, he also played for the Gilas Pilipinas national team in the Jones Cup in Taiwan, registering 14 points per game on 43 percent shooting from distance.

For his career, Wright played in 121 games and scored 1,037 points. He made 156 three-pointers over his career, good for eighth all-time at St. Bonaventure at the time of his graduation. Wright averaged 6.8 points per game for the Bonnies' 2011-12 Atlantic 10 Championship and NCAA Tournament team.


YOUSSOU NDOYE – 2011-2015
NBA D-League / France

Ndoye recently celebrated a championship after helping his team win a league title in France. After finishing his career at St. Bonaventure, Ndoye first moved on to play professionally for the Austin Spurs of the NBA Developmental League. During the 2015-16 season, he averaged 7.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game with Austin before going overseas to continue his pro career in France. This past year, he helped Bourg to a championship in the France-Pro A league with a tremendous season – he averaged 14.1 points and 9.4 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game in the French League.

The 7-foot center was named All-Atlantic 10 and picked to the A-10 All-Defensive Team as a senior at St. Bonaventure and was one of two players in the league during his senior season of 2014-15 to average a double-double for the season.


CHARLON KLOOF – 2011-2014
Spain /  Turkey / Italy

Kloof was named Eurobasket.com All-Macdeonian League Finals MVP in 2017 after his team, MZT Skopje Aerodrom, captured the Macedonian First League championship. He has been a star while playing professionally, playing in Turkey and Italy previously and also playing for the Dutch national team in 2015 where he averaged 16.2 points per game in Eurobasket competition. In July, he signed with UCAM Murica in Spain for the 2017-18 season and is slated as a starter for the team.

Kloof, a 6-foot-3 point guard, played for St. Bonaventure for three seasons. He had his best season as a senior as he averaged 11.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game, all career highs. Kloof led the Atlantic 10 Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio and was second in assists.


DEMITRIUS CONGER – 2009-13
Australia / Belgium / Italy / Dominican Republic / Greece / Israel

In August, Conger signed with the Illawarra Hawks of the Australian National Basketball League. The Hawks have been one of the best players in the NBL, reaching the semifinals and finals of the league playoffs the past two seasons.

Conger played all 42 games last season for the Antwerp Giants of the Belgian League, averaging 11.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in over 26 minutes per game. One of two players on his team to play in every game, he previously played in the Dominican Republic, Italy, Greece and Israel. Two years ago, he was the fifth-leading scorer in the Greek League at 18.1 points per game.

Over the course of his career with the Bonnies, Conger scored 1,206 career points (26th all-time), grabbed 645 rebounds, dished out 249 assists and recorded 83 steals. He is one of just three players in program history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists. A proven consistent, healthy player, Conger started each of the final 92 games of his collegiate career, dating back to his sophomore campaign. He was also a key member of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship team.


ANDELL CUMBERBATCH – 2013-2015
Israel / Austria

Cumberbatch has played professionally for the last two years, joining the Redwell Gunners Obwerwart squad in Austria in 2016. This past year, he played in 41 of his team’s 42 games and was second on the team in scoring at 15.3 points per game. He added 6.5 rebounds and shot a team-best 57 percent from the floor including nearly 35 percent from distance in over 30 minutes per game. In the FIBA Europe Cup this past spring, he totaled 15.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He will move to Hapoel Sheva of the Israel National League next season, recently signing a contract to continue his professional career there.

A 6-5 guard from East Orange, N.J., Cumberbatch played two seasons at St. Bonaventure after two years at Barton (Kansas) Community College. He started 56 games over his two seasons and averaged 9.1 points per game. He enjoyed a strong senior year in 2014-15, averaging 10.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while shooting 36 percent from three-point range. He helped St. Bonaventure to 18 wins that season, including a 10-8 mark in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

He recently signed with Hapoel B/S and will be in Israel this coming season.


MARQUISE SIMMONS – 2009-2014
France / Netherlands / Iceland

Simmons was a starter for BC Orchies in the French league last season, averaging 11.2 points along with 6.4 rebounds during the 2016-17 season. He connected on over 58 percent of his field goal attempts (109-for-186) during the year playing in France. After becoming a professional in 2014, he previous played in the Dutch Basketball League as well as Iceland.

Simmons, a 6-foot-8, 230-lb. forward, enjoyed his best season as a senior with the Bonnies, starting all 33 games. The Washington, D.C., native averaged 8.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, both career highs. Simmons finished third in the Atlantic 10 Conference in field goal percentage at .595 (110-185). 


CHRIS JOHNSON – 2011-13
United Kingdom / Germany / Portugal / Canada

Johnson is a member of the Illiabum Clube of the Portugal-LPB League, where he is entering his second season. Last year, he averaged 9.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in nearly 23 minutes per game. After finishing his career at St. Bonaventure, Johnson started his professional career with the Glasgow Rocks of the British Basketball League (BBL) in 2014 where he starred with over 14 points and five rebounds per game, helping the Rocks all the way to the BBL Finals. He also played in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC), posting 5.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 2016. He also served a stint with En Baskets Schwelm in the German Pro B League, posting 18.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per night during the 2014-15 season.

A 6-5 guard from North Preston, Nova Scotia, Johnson played two seasons with the Brown and White.  He was a major component of the 2011-12 team that captured the Atlantic 10 Championship and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Johnson played in 30 games that season and averaged 6.6 points per game. Johnson improved dramatically from his junior season to his senior year, when he was the Bonnies' third-leading scorer at 12.6 points per game and registered 20 of his 28 career games in double-figure scoring. His 87.7 free throw percentage in 2011-12 ranks as the fifth-best mark in program history. In October 2017, he returned to the NBL of Canada by signing with the Island Storm.


OGO ADEGBOYE - 2009-11
Greece /  Italy / Great Britain

Adegboye started his professional career, in 2011, with APOEL of the Cypriot Basketball League in Cyprus where he averaged 10.2 ppg. In late 2013, he joined Nea Kifisia of the Greek Basket League. 

Prior to playing for Aris, Adegboye would play for Athens based team Nea Kifisia. Adegboye would average 4.6 points per game, while shooting 45 percent from three. Prior to arriving in Greece, Adegboye played two seasons in the Cypriot Basketball League. In 2013 the Great Britain native would guide his team, Etha, to Cypriot Cup. Adegboye has also been a part of the Great Britain National Team during his career. In early 2017 he returned to Italy to join Fulgor Libertas Forli for the season. A junior college transfer, who played two seasons at St. Bonaventure, Adegboye finished the 2010-11 season as the NCAA leader in minutes played per game (39.0).


J.R. BREMER - 1998 - 2002
NBA / Various European teams

Bremer has also played in top leagues in Spain, Turkey, Bosnia, Greece and Russia. In 2012, he helped lead Milan to the Italian League finals and teamed with former SBU backcourt mate Marque Green during the 2013 season in Milan.  The combo guard played on Unicaja Malaga’s 2004-05 Spanish Cup title team and helped Russia’s Krasnye Krylia reach the FIBA Eurochallenge title game in 2010. Bremer started his pro career in the NBA with the Boston Celtics, before moving to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. Following the 2002-03 season with Boston, Bremer was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. He made 41 starts, posted nine 20-point games and helped the Celtics reach the Eastern Conference semifinals that season. Bremer ranks ninth on SBU’s all-time scoring list with 1,732 points and led the Bonnies to three postseason appearances (NCAA Tournament in 2000 and NIT in 2001 and 2002).

After playing in the NBA for parts of three seasons with Boston, Cleveland and Golden State, Bremer spent the next 13 years playing professionally in an extremely successful career in Europe. He represented the Bosnia and Herzegovina national basketball team and was one of the highest-paid point guards in Europe in the late 2000s. In 2011 he played in Italy for Olimpia Milano of Italian Serie A, then returned to Turkey in 2015 with Torku Konyaspor. After the end of that Turkish League season, he returned to PAOK Thessaloniki for the Greek playoffs. He spent 2016-17 with Limoges CSP in France. 


MICHAEL LEE – 2004-08
Romania / Hungary / Serbia / Ukraine / NBA Summer League

Lee last played for Pitesti in Romania as part of a long and successful professional career after graduating from St. Bonaventure. He was named the Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Forward of the Year in 2010 and 2011 and was also the All-Serbian League Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. In 2015, he was a part of the Hungarian League Championship squad after helping his teams to make several deep playoff runs in recent years. A longtime producer playing professionally, he averaged double digit scoring in six seasons.

In his four years with the Bonnies, he averaged 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game including 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds as a senior. Following his collegiate career, he signed with Cholet Basket of France, though had his time there shortened due to injury. The following January, he signed with KK Split of Croatia, then played the next two seasons for Albacomp of Hungary and Radnicki Kragujevac of Serbia the following two seasons. He also played in the Ukraine before spending stints with the Sacramento Kings in the 2012 NBA Summer League as well as a short stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013.


MARQUES GREEN – 2001-04
Italy / Turkey / Macedonia

Green has enjoyed a tremendous professional career, playing in Europe for over a decade. Green graduated from St. Bonaventure in 2004. In his last year, he had averages of 19.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 4.0 steals per game After his graduation, he decided to continue his career in Europe and started to play for Chorale Roanne Basket of France in his first professional year.

One year later, he was signed by SLUC Nancy Basket where he averaged 9.9 points and 6.6 assists. Before playing for his current team, Air Avellino, he played in Turkey for CASA TED Kolejliler, where he scored more than 500 points in one season.

In August 2012, Green signed a one-year deal with Cedevita Zagreb. In 2013, he returned to Italy and signed a contract with Emporio Armani Milano. In July of 2013, Green signed a one-year deal with Dinamo Sassari. In August 2014, he signed with TED Ankara Kolejliler of Turkey. On March 13, 2015, he left Ankara and signed with his former team Scandone Avellino. He also played for the Macedonian National Team in EuroBasket 2011.

Green left St. Bonaventure holding seven program records. Green ranks eighth all-time in school history scoring (1,734 points) and is first in 3-pointers made (281), assists (657) and steals (325).

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BOB LANIER – ‘70
A consensus All-American twice (1969, 1970), Lanier finished his career as the St. Bonaventure record holder in seven categories: career scoring (2,067 points); career rebounding (1,180); single-game scoring (51 points vs. Seton Hall); single-game rebounding (27 vs. Loyola, Md.); single-season rebounding (416); single-season shooting percentage (.586); and average rebounds in one season (16) in 1969-1970.

In 1967-68, Lanier’s first varsity season, he and his teammates put together an undefeated regular season. The run lasted until the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament and a matchup with North Carolina. Still, St. Bonaventure finished 23-2. Lanier averaged 26.2 points and 15.6 rebounds per game.

His junior season, Lanier averaged 27.2 points and 15.5 rebounds per outing. In 1969-70, Lanier capped his career with an unparalleled year. Even while being double- and triple-teamed, Lanier averaged 29 points and 16 rebounds per game. Led by its dominant center, St. Bonaventure earned a No. 1 national ranking and made it to the NCAA Final Four. Unfortunately, the season ended in heartbreak as Lanier suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Regional Final game against Villanova.

Following St. Bonaventure, he was the number one pick in the 1970 NBA Draft and enjoyed a remarkable pro career. In 959 career NBA games, he averaged 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while shooting better than 51 percent from the floor. He was an eight-time NBA All-Star as well as 1970-71 NBA Rookie of the Year. He was an NBA fixture for over a decade with Detroit and Milwaukee including eight seasons where he averaged over 21 points per game. Lanier was inducted into the pro Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. Today, the court at the Reilly Center bears his name in honor of the best player to ever don the Brown and White.


 

DAVID VANTERPOOL '95

Vanterpool joined the Portland Trail Blazers coaching staff in 2012 as an assistant after serving as a pro scout for the Oklahoma City Thunder for two years. The guard enjoyed a standout professional playing career overseas and stateside, reaching the NBA with the Washington Wizards in 2001. Vanterpool was a top player in the ABA and CBA in the U.S., as well professionally in Russia and Italy. He played on CSKA Moscow’s 2006 Euroleague championship club and also led the CBA’s Yakima Sun Kings and ABA’s Kansas City Knights to league titles. An All-Atlantic 10 player at St. Bonaventure, Vanterpool is the only player in school history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals for a career.

Already with his name in circles as a potential candidate for openings around the league, Vanterpool is often regarded as a future NBA head coach prospect among those in the league. 


TYLER RELPH '08

A standout during his time in the St. Bonaventure backcourt, Tyler Relph has gone on to make a name for himself in the basketball world during his post-graduate years.

In three seasons with the Bonnies, the former Mr. New York Basketball honoree started 53 of 76 games and scored over 900 points during his collegiate career. During his senior year, he averaged 11.9 points, 3.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc and led the nation by shooting 94 percent from the line.

After graduating, Relph spent a year on Coach Schmidt’s coaching staff before moving to Texas to start the Tyler Relph Basketball Academy. Today, he is considered an elite basketball trainer with an innovative training company called Driven. His client list that includes former NBA star Amare Stoudemire and current players such as Julius Randle, George Hill, C.J. Miles, Marcus Smart, Kadeem Allen, Frank Mason, Thomas Bryant and more. His training sessions take him around the world to countries such as China, Korea, Brazil and he has worked with players from every state in the United States.


CHRIS MATTHEWS '10

Chris Matthews spent three years and two seasons with the Bonnies after transferring to the program prior to the 2007-08 season. After taking the court in 2008-09, he quickly became one of the premiere shooters in the Atlantic 10, draining 81 three-pointers during his first season with the Bonnies – good for fourth in program history for a single season at the time. As a senior, he started every game, averaging 12.6 points per game while shooting over 39 percent from long distance with 101 three-pointers, a total that still stands as the most in Bonnies single season history.

Following his time with the Bonnies, he spent the 2011-12 season in the NBA D-League with the Reno Bighorns, an affiliate of the Sacrament Kings. He also played professionally in China, the Dominican Republic and Russia.

Today, Matthews works with as an NBA shooting coach as well as other players around the country as a shooting coach with his “Lethal Shooter” business.


JIM BARON '77

A 1977 graduate of St. Bonaventure, Baron retired from coaching after 29 years at the Division I level including 462 career victories. 

He started his collegiate coaching career in 1978, when he joined the coaching staff at the University of Rochester, before making stops at Loyola Maryland (1979-80) and St. Bonaventure (1980-81). In 1981, the Brooklyn, New York, native joined Digger Phelps' coaching staff at Notre Dame, where he was an assistant for six seasons.

In 1987, Baron took over as the head coach at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, where he posted a record of 74-71 and led the Red Flash to the school's only NEC championship and NCAA Tournament berth, which came in 1991. Baron returned to his alma mater, St. Bonaventure, and served as the Bonnies' head coach from 1992-01, and there he led the program to its first NCAA appearance in 39 years when the Bonnies played Kentucky in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament. He compiled 132 total wins in Olean and was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 1995. After SBU, he also had successful stints as head coach at Rhode Island and Canisius before announcing his retirement. He was St. Bonaventure's Atlantic 10 Legends selection in 2017.