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The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball program has produced a number of future professional players, coaches and other personnel closely tied to the sport over the years – from NBA executive and coach Eddie Donovan, to Hall of Fame player Bob Lanier, to David Vanterpool, who has held positions as a player, coach and scout for pro organizations. Three former Bonnies are currently involved in the NBA, as Andrew Nicholson is in his third season with the Orlando Magic, Vanterpool is an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers and Lanier is a Special Assistant to the Commissioner. Below (in alphabetical order) are the more than 20 SBU alumni known to be presently working in basketball – whether playing, coaching or directing.


Ogo Adegboye '11

Adegboye is currently in his second season playing professionally in Greece. His current team, Aris, is located in Thessaloniki, Greece. Last season, Aris would finish in seventh place in the Greece-A1 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. 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).

 


Jim Baron '77

Baron is currently in his third year as the head coach at Canisius. With twenty-eight years of head coaching experience, including stints at St. Francis (PA), St. Bonaventure, Rhode Island, and Canisius. Over his coaching career Baron has won total of 430 games, including ten 20-win seasons, two NCAA Tournament berths, and 13 postseason appearances. As a player at St. Bonaventure, Baron helped guide the Bonnies to the 1977 NIT Championship. 

 

 

Tyler Benson '09

Benson is currently in his first season as the video coordinator for the Memphis Tigers men’s basketball team. Prior to joining Josh Pastner’s staff, Benson was a graduate assistant for the Ole Miss men’s basketball team under Andy Kennedy. Benson was also an assistant basketball coach at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Wisconsin. Before that, the Morgantown, W.Va., native spent a year as an assistant at Division II West Virginia Wesleyan College for one season. Benson made 35 career starts at St. Bonaventure and helped lead the Bonnies to a 15-15 mark in 2008-09, his senior season.

 

 

J.R. Bremer '02

Currently playing professionally in Italy, 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).

 

Caswell Cyrus '00

Following professional playing stints stateside and overseas, Cyrus founded the Caswell Cyrus Basketball Association. The organization provides developmental opportunities for young basketball players in Cyrus’ native Ontario, Canada. Cyrus signed as a free agent with the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets in 2000 but never played with the club. The athletic forward also played professionally in France and in the American Basketball Association (ABA). Cyrus netted 1,121 career points at St. Bonaventure and holds the school record for career blocked shots (289). He also helped lead the Bonnies to the 2000 NCAA Tournament.

 

Saulius Dumbliauskas '06

Dumbliauskas is currently playing for Vilnius Palanga in Lithuania. Palanga is a new team in the Lithuanian-LKL League. Dumbliauskas, the current starting power forward for Palanga, is averaging 8.0 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game through the first four games of 2014-15 season. Prior to playing for Palanga, Dumbliauskas has played for four other teams in his native country of Lithuania. Prior to playing in Lithuania, Dumbliauskas played one season in Sweden for Solna. The forward was a part of the 2002-03 St. Bonaventure team that earned a berth into the NIT. 

 

 

Wade Dunston '06

Dunston, who currently plays in Slovakia, has also played internationally in Mexico and Prague and stateside in the Premier Basketball League (PBL). A junior college transfer guard who played two seasons at St. Bonaventure, Dunston led the Bonnies in free-throw percentage (.811) during the 2004-05 season.

Zarryon Fereti '08

Fereti has played professionally in Germany and currently plays in his native Australia. His current team Ipswich is in the Australian State League. In eighteen games in 2014, Fereti averaged 18.7 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game. During 2013, Fereti guided Bundaberg to a second-place finish in the Australian QBL- Group B league. The shooting guard has also played for Sandringham in Australia and Koeln in Germany.  A junior college transfer, Fereti was a two-year starter at guard for the Bonnies and netted 32 points in a victory over Binghamton his senior year. 

 

Marques Green '04

Green is currently in his first season playing in the TBL in Turkey. Green’s team, Ronesans TED, finished the 2013-14 season 12th in the TBL. Currently for the Ankara based team Green is averaging 5 points, 2 rebounds, and 12 assists per game through two games. Prior to coming to Turkey, Green was one of the top point guards in the Italy’s top basketball league. In 2013, Green would reunite with his fellow St. Bonaventure backcourt mate, J.R. Bremer, playing for Milan. In 2012 for Air Avellino Green ranked among the league leaders in scoring, assists, and steals in the Italian Serie A. The Norristown, Pa. native has also played professionally in Croatia. 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).

 

 

Billy Kalbaugh '70

Kalbaugh, who lives in Greensboro, N.C., is the Director of the South Atlantic Division of Coaches vs. Cancer. The point guard helped lead St. Bonaventure to the 1970 Final Four and later served as an assistant coach at his alma mater.

 

Bob Lanier '70

Lanier serves as the NBA’s Special Assistant to the Commissioner and helped launched the league’s "Stay In School" program. The “Big Cat” enjoyed a standout playing career in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992 and his No. 16 jersey was retired by the Pistons in 1993. Lanier was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors during the mid-1990’s and was elevated to interim head coach when Don Nelson stepped down during the 1994-95 season. Lanier, who led the Bonnies to the 1970 Final Four, holds school records for career scoring average (27.5 ppg), rebounds (1,180) and field goal percentage (57.6 percent) and for points (51) and rebounds (27) in a game. The center netted 2,067 points, fourth best in St. Bonaventure history. In 2007, the arena floor in the Reilly Center was dedicated Bob Lanier Court.

 

Rob Lanier '90

Now in his second stint at the University of Texas, Lanier is the Longhorns’ Associate Head Coach. The Buffalo, N.Y., native was the head coach at Siena from 2001-2005 and led the Saints to the MAAC title and NCAA Tournament in 2002. Lanier has also served as an assistant coach at Florida, Virginia, Rutgers, St. Bonaventure and Niagara. Lanier was a point guard for the Bonnies and currently stands in ninth place on the school’s all-time list with 316 career assists.

Michael Lee '08

Lee is currently play professionally in France for Boulogne. Last season in the France-ProB league Boulogne finished first, capturing the clubs first championship. This upcoming season Boulogne will compete in the France-ProA league. Prior to playing in France, Lee played in the NBA’s D-League for the Delaware 87ers and the Canton Charge. Lee has also played professionally in Ukraine. In 2011, Lee was named Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Forward of the Year and All-Serbian League Defensive Player of the Year. He was also the Adriatic League scoring champion that season, averaging over 19 points per game. A three-year starter at St. Bonaventure, Lee ranks 17th all-time in scoring (1,427 points) and 13th in rebounds (684).

 

Vidal Massiah '02

Following a brief playing career overseas and a stint with the Canadian National Team, Massiah founded The Hoop Factory training facility for aspiring young players in his native Toronto in 2003. Massiah currently serves as director of Northern Kings, a successful AAU basketball program that features many of Canada’s top high school-aged players. As a versatile forward at St. Bonaventure, Massiah helped the Bonnies to the 2000 NCAA Tournament and to NIT appearances in 2001 and 2002.

 

Chris Matthews '10

Matthews is currently in his first season with the Moncton Miracles.  Last season in 29 games for the Halifax Rainmen, Matthews’ averaged 14.8 points per game while shooting just under 40 percent from three. Last season the Rainmen finished 8th in the NBL. Matthews’ has also played professionally in France and stateside in the NBA Development League, Premier Basketball League (PBL) and Eastern Basketball Alliance (EBA). Despite only playing two seasons at St. Bonaventure after transferring from Washington State, Matthews ranks fourth in program history in career 3-pointers (182). The guard also stands eighth in career 3-point percentage (.361), first in 3-pointers made in a season (101) and tied the school record for 3-pointers made in game with eight during his senior year.

 

 

Shandue McNeil '00

McNeill, who played professionally overseas after his days at St. Bonaventure, is currently an AAU basketball coach in his native New York City. McNeill heads the New York Lightning program, which features top high school-aged players from in and around metro New York City. The point guard scored 1,049 points at St. Bonaventure and left as the school’s all-time leader in steals (281) and assists (172). He currently ranks third and fifth in those categories, respectively.


Andrew Nicholson '12

Nicholson is in his third season with the Orlando Magic after being selected in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft, 19th overall. 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.

 

Patricio Prato '03

After spending much of his professional playing career overseas in Italy, Prato is now playing in his homeland of Argentina. The guard has also participated on the Argentine National Team, helping the club to a second-place finish in the 2003 South American Championship and a fourth place in the 2007 Pan-American Games. Prato ranks 31st on SBU’s all-time scoring list with 1,110 points. He stands eighth in career 3-pointers with 142 and tied a school mark when he connected on eight 3-pointers in a victory over Temple in 2002.

Tyler Relph '08

Relph currently runs Tyler Relph Basketball Elite.  The skill-building program is designed to aid in the development of young basketball players. Relph recently trained two 2014 NBA Draft lottery picks in Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) and Julius Randle (Kentucky). The former Mr. Basketball in New York State has trained more than 10,000 players, including Amare Stoudemire, Phil Pressey, Victor Oladipo, Phil Forte, Ridge Shipley, Alexis Jones, and worked with legendary coaches such as Billy Donavan, Avery Johnson, and John Lucas. Relph has also worked with current St. Bonaventure player Xavier Smith and former Bonnie Charlon Kloof. Relph played three seasons at St. Bonaventure after transferring from West Virginia. The guard led the nation and set a school mark in free throw percentage (.938) as a senior in 2007-08.

 


Jim Satalin '69

Satalin, a former player and coach at St. Bonaventure, is the National Program Director for Coaches vs. Cancer. Satalin played on the 1968 SBU team that went a perfect 22-0 in the regular season and coached the 1977 Bonnies to the NIT championship. In nine season as head coach (1973-82) at St. Bonaventure, Satalin led the Bonnies to a 156-93 record, including an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1978. 

Ahmad Smith '06

Smith has spent the bulk of his professional playing career in Germany. Much like his days at St. Bonaventure, the do-it-all guard has made a habit of stuffing the stat sheet with points, rebounds and assists. Smith ranks 25th all-time on SBU’s scoring list with 1,261 points, and he is one of only three Bonnies ever to produce 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists for a career.

Peter Van Paassen '01

Van Paassen has pieced together a steady pro career overseas in Spain, Belgium and his native Holland. The power forward has played with Den Bosch in Holland since 2011. At St. Bonaventure, Van Paassen was a key contributor and starter on the Bonnies’ 2000 NCAA Tournament team and also helped SBU to NIT appearances in 1998 and 2001.

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.

Paul Williams '07

Williams has played professionally in the United Kingdom, Spain and Dominican Republic and currently plays in Japan. A transfer from Siena, the big man led the Bonnies in rebounding and field goal percentage during his two seasons at St. Bonaventure.

 

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