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, 24 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.
JAYLEN ADAMS - 2014-18
Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks - NBA / Wisconsin Herd - NBA G-League
Adams signed a two-way contract with the NBA's Atlanta Hawks following one of the top careers by a Bonnies player in recent memory.
He started the season on a two-way contract with the Hawks, spending much of the early season shuttling between Atlanta and the Hawks’ G-League team in Erie. In 20 games with the Bayhawks, he averaged 15.3 points per game and earned a permanent spot with the Hawks, signing a multi-year contract with the organization in February. He appeared in 34 games with the Hawks as a rookie, averaging 12.6 minutes per game along with 3.2 points, 1.9 assists and 1.8 rebounds per night.
With Erie, he also scored 44 points with 10 3-pointers in a game vs. West Chester in November, tying the franchise record for threes and his 44 points were second-most in Erie history.
An Honorable Mention All-American selection by the Associated Press following his senior season, Adams' name is written throughout the Bonaventure record books.
Over his Bonnies career, Adams was a three-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection. He is the top scoring guard in school history with 1,912 points. He also ranks second on the team's all-time list for three-pointers (270) and third in assists (590). Over his four seasons, Adams helped the Bonnies to 87 wins, which is the most ever for a graduating class. As a senior, he set the program record with 10 three-pointers in a 44-point effort vs. Saint Louis and helped the Bonnies to the NCAA Tournament and First Four win over UCLA.
In the 2018 NBA Summer League, he averaged 10.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game with the Hawks.
After one year with the Hawks, Adams signed a free agent contract in August 2019 to battle in training camp for a spot with the Milwaukee Bucks. He is currently with the Bucks' G-League team, the Wisconsin Herd.
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. For his NBA career, Nicholson averaged six points and three rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game.
He quickly became a star after signing to play in the Chinese Basketball Association, averaging 22.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 2017-18 with the Guangdong Southern Tigers. In August 2018, he signed a new deal to stay in the CBA but with a new team - the Fujian Sturgeons.
Nicholson had another dominant year playing in China in 2018-19. He spent the year with the Fujian Sturgeons. The former NBA first round pick played 48 games and put up gaudy numbers – he averaged 27.0 points per game, shooting better than 60 percent from the floor. He also averaged 8.9 rebounds in 36.0 minutes per night.
In August 2019, Nicholson moved to the Guangzhou Loong Lions, staying in the CBA for the 2019-20 season.
LADARIEN GRIFFIN 2015-19
Griffin announced that he had signed to play with the Norrköping Dolphins in Sweden in July 2019. The Dolphins are members of Basketligan, the top league in Sweden and are one of the league's best franchises, winning five titles.
The 2017-18 Atlantic 10 Co-Most Improved Player of the Year, Griffin scored 10.7 points per game and averaged 6.2 rebounds per contest during his senior season. He played in 97 games during his Bonaventure career, also posting 8.8 points and 6.3 rebounds as he helped the Bonnies to the NCAA Tournament during his junior season.
COURTNEY STOCKARD 2015-19
Stockard will play as a pro for the first time in 2019-20 with Lahti Basketball in Finland.
Over his two seasons in the Brown and White, after sitting out two years due to injury, Stockard played in 59 games and scored 840 points, an average of 14.2 points per game. Over those 59 games, the Bonnies were 40-19.
As a senior, he was named First Team All-Atlantic 10 and was also an All-District selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Stockard was the Bonnies' leading scorer in 2018-19 at 15.3 points per game. He ranked ninth in the Atlantic 10 in both scoring and assists (3.6 per game) and stood 20th in rebounding (5.6 per game). Stockard scored in double figures 23 out of his 28 games with five games of 20 points or more. He scored a career-high 32 points against Dayton and had 22 points in the A-10 championship final against Saint Louis.
MATT MOBLEY 2016-18
France / Belgium / NBA Summer League
A 6-foot-3 guard from Worcester, Mass., Mobley was a two-time All-Conference player for the Bonnies after transferring for his junior and senior seasons. Following a stint with the Utah Jazz in the NBA Summer League in 2018, he signed with Spirou of the Belgium pro league.
In June 2019, Mobley announced he would sign with the top-tier French league LNB Pro A squad Elan Bernais, a franchise that has won nine French league titles.
Mobley had an outstanding first season as the pro playing for Spirou. Last year, Mobley started his pro career with Spirou of the Belgium pro league and he was named to the league’s All-Offensive Team after shooting better than 51 percent from the floor. Mobley, who helped the Bonnies to the 2018 NCAA Tournament, led all league players in scoring counting the regular season and playoffs after posting over 20 points per game.
As a senior, Mobley helped lead St. Bonaventure to a 26-8 record, an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament and a second place finish in the Atlantic 10.
A first team All-Conference selection by the A-10 coaches, Mobley was the sixth-leading scorer in the Atlantic 10 at 18.1 points per game in 2017-18. He had 15 games with 20 points or more including three 30-point games. Mobley set a school record with 105 three-point field goals, shooting 37 percent from behind the arc. He also set an A-10 record with nine three-pointers in the Bonnies' A-10 Tournament win over Richmond. Mobley also averaged 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for the season.
Mobley also earned All-District honors from both the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association in 2018.
DENZEL GREGG – 2013-2017
Austria / Bosnia / France
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 2017. He became the second Bonnies alum to play for Oberwart as former teammate Andell Cumberbatch played there the past two seasons.
His first pro season was a successful one as he averaged 16.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game and was named Second Team All-Austrian League. He also won the league's slam dunk contest. In August 2018, he signed a new deal to move to France with Denain ASC Voltaire. After playing in France, he agreed to sign in Bosnia in October 2019 and will play there during the 2019-20 season.
He suited up in 21 games in 2018-19, averaging 9.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game, shooting over 53 percent (56-for-105) from the floor.
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 G League / Greece / Georgia / NBA Summer League
After playing in the NBA Development League in 2016-17, Posley signed with Greek pro team Koroivos. He spent first season in Europe during the 2017-18, averaging 11.5 points and 2.2 assists per game and was invited to play with the Denver Nuggets NBA Summer League team in 2018. On Nov. 21, he was signed by the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA G-League, where he also played two seasons prior.
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.
He moved to TSU-Hyundai Tbilisi of the Georgian League in 2018, averaging 13.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 13 games for the squad. He averaged 33.2 minutes and shot 41.9 percent from the floor (39-for-93). In Summer 2019, he played in The Basketball Tournament for Louisiana United as part of the 64-tournament for $2 million. Posley averaged 16.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game while playing nearly 35 minutes per contest.
Posley, who was the second-leading scorer 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
Ukraine / Libya / 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. Early in the 2018-19 season, he was his team's leader in rebounding.
He will play in late 2019 with the Cherkasy Monkeys in Ukraine as he begins his fourth professional 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. In 2017, 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.
Wright continued his stellar pro career in the Philippines in 2019 with yet another strong year. He played for the Phoenix Fuel Masters of the Philippine Basketball Association. He has averaged 18.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game for the Phoenix and their season is currently on-going.
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 Summer League / 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. In 2016-17, 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. During the 2017-18 season, he averaged 11.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and shot 61.5 percent from the floor in 33 games with Bourg.
Ndoye continues to be a standout player in France. With the French League’s JL Bourg in 2018-19, Ndoye averaged 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds, hitting 61.7 percent of his shot attempts from the floor (164-for-266). He averaged 29.4 minutes in 31 games and led the team on the boards while ranking second in scoring behind only Georgia Tech product Zachery Peacock. Following the season, he earned a spot in the 2019 NBA Summer League with the Dallas Mavericks.
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 2017, he signed with UCAM Murica in Spain for the 2017-18 season and is slated as a starter for the team. He posted 7.9 points per game during his first season with UCAM Murica.
Kloof played in 2018-19 for Universidad Catolica De Murcia in the Spanish basketball league Liga Endesa. He played in 31 games, averaging 6.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 17.2 minutes per game over 31 contests.
In July 2019, Kloof announced he had signed to play for Turkish club OGM Oramanspor, members of the Basketbol Super Ligi (BSL). The team was promoted to the first tier of the BSL after victory in the second tier TBL playoffs where they were 2017 champions.
A 6-foot-3 point guard, he 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
NBA Summer League / Spain / France / Australia / Belgium / Italy / Dominican Republic / Greece / Israel
Demitrius Conger will suit up in Spain in 2019-20 after signing with Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla. Conger played in four leagues in three countries last year including the NBA Summer League last summer with the Boston Celtics.
Conger has been a star around the world, helping his squad to the Belgian Supercup championship in 2017 before moving to Australia and earning All-Australian NBL Forward of the Year honors in 2018 from Australiabasket.com, finishing second in league MVP voting. Now in his seventh season of pro basketball, he’s played on three continents and in seven countries during his career after graduating from St. Bonaventure in 2013.
Conger played all 42 games in 2016-17 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. Previously, 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
France / 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 currently plays for Vichy Clermont in France, moving there for the 2018-19 season.
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, 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 previously played in the Dutch Basketball League, where he was named to the league's All-Star teams, 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 2017-18, he played in the NBLC with the Island Storm, averaging 18.1 ppg in 34 games. Johnson is playing in Canada for the Guelph Nighthawks, averaging 9.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists. The Nighthawks are members of the Canadian Elite Basketball League.
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).
Adegboye came out of retirement to play in Italy in 2019, averaging 10.9 points per game for Zeus of the Italy-Serie A2 league. He has been a frequent representative of his native Great Britain for the country’s national team.
After a successful international career, he had retired in 2017. He came out of retirement in fall of 2018, signing with Italian squad Rieti. He was recalled to Great Britain's squad for the EuroBasket 2021 qualifiers.
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.
He was named head coach of his high school alma mater, Cleveland Heights in May 2019.
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 continues to be a starter in the Italy-Serie A2 for Bakery Basket Piacentina. In 2018-19, he started 32 games and averaged 36.5 minutes well over a decade into his professional career. He scores 9.5 points per game, adding 7.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds.
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. After seven seasons with Portland, helping to develop backcourt stars Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, Vanterpool accepted the Associate Head Coach position with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the summer of 2019. 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, 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. He's recently worked with Naismith Player of the Year Frank Mason of Kansas who was selected by the Sacramento Kings. He also worked with Sekou Doumbouya who was picked 15th overall by the Pistons in the 2019 NBA Draft.
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.