It has been a wild week in college hoops. Saint Bonnies boss Mark Schmidt has proven his worth at the helm for one of the toughest conferences in the NCAA. He has been able to prepare people for professional contracts. Most of them should not have these contracts. One of the most notable players is former Orlando Magic player Andrew Nicholson. Nicholson was drafted at pick number 19 in the 2012 NBA draft. This week he is among five former Bonnies to ink new contracts. The other players are Courtney Stockard, Dion Wright, Jaylen Adams, and Demetrius Conger.
Nicholson had an amazing career for Schmidt in the brown and white uniform. In his freshman year, he started 25 out of 30 trips to the hardwood. He earned Rookie Of The Year honors after showing top-notch skill among all rookies six times that year. His praise did not stop there as he received Freshman All-American honors. His skill was shown further on the national scale as he was the one everybody was looking to beat in the category of field goal percentage. Nobody would catch him as he earned a career and nation-leading .602 on the year for the Bonnies. He also led the herd with an impressive 81 blocks on the campaign.
Nicholson would go on to start every single contest in his sophomore campaign onward. Beyond the stat line in college, he was known for some insane layups and dunks throughout his time. I, among many other people, will never forget the play by play announcer screaming at the top of his lungs, “Andrewwww Nicholson for two!”
Nicholson would go on to play just six seasons in the NBA with the Magic, Nets, and Wizards. In 2017, his pro career would stretch over to China where he would play in the Chinese Basketball Association. He spent the 2017 campaign with the Guangdong Southern Tigers. The 2018 campaign was spent with the Fujian Sturgeons and now he has a new home. He recently signed with the Guangzhou Loon Lions. The question now is can he best his 27PPG from last season?
Jaylen Adams is headed to the Milwaukee Bucs for another shot in the NBA. The deal is just a training camp deal for now but I expect that to be changing soon. Courtney Stockard is headed to Finland and Demetrius Conger is headed to Spain. The final player was Dion Wright and he is headed to the Cherkasy Monkeys. No real details have been released on the four contracts and a follow-up will be released if they become available.
It was announced earlier this summer that the team would participate in both the Naismith Classic and the Boca Raton Beach Classic. Details have been released for both tournaments. The brown and white will face Rutgers in the Naismith classic in Toronto on November 16th at 7:30 pm. Bonaventure has Mercer on November 26 for the on-campus game leading up to the Toronto trip. The Baca Raton tourney is December 1st and 2nd. The brown and white drew San Diego at 9 pm. The victor gets the winner of Florida Atlantic and Illinois-Chicago.
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